US Court Refuses to Force Govt to Unseal WikiLeaks Founder's Case - Filing

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A US court ruled not to order the government to unseal judicial records related to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, which would show if the authorities had brought any charges against the activist, the court filing showed.

"Before the Court is an application filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (applicant or the Committee) seeking an order unsealing judicial records related to what the Committee believes is a criminal prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Assange). The Committee's application will be denied without prejudice", an opinion by US District Judge Leonie Brinkema read.

The judge noted that the US authorities had not ever confirmed they had brought any charges against Assange.

The opinion also emphasized that the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press had not "cited any authority supporting the notion that the public has a right to require the Government to confirm or deny that it has charged someone".

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Placard with the slogan We are all Assange written in Spanish below another that reads Ecuador, country of freedom on the railings outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London on June 21, 2012, where Assange is still holed up seeking political asylum. - Sputnik International
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In November, WikiLeaks and a number of US media outlets published what they claimed was court filing in an unrelated case including some sealed charges, which used Assange's name in an "apparent cut-and-paste error".

The outlets suggested that the existence of these files meant existing charges brought against Assange by the US authorities.

Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in the United States since 2012.

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The whistleblower has been fearing he might be extradited to the United States if he leaves the facility, since WikiLeaks has published thousands of classified document allegedly leaked from US government agencies.

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