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WikiLeaks sues to force Trump admin to unseal any charges against Assange

WikiLeaks also said US prosecutors have approached people in the US, Germany and Iceland 'and pressed them to testify against Assange in return for immunity from prosecution'

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Julian Assange, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks speaks via video link during a press conference on the occasion of the ten year anniversary celebration of WikiLeaks in Berlin, Germany. Photo: Reuters
Julian Assange, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks

is seeking to force the Trump administration to unseal any charges filed in the US against its founder,

The organisation said in a statement it filed a petition Wednesday with an international human rights body seeking to force disclosure of any charges against Assange and help him fight possible extradition to the

also said US prosecutors have approached people in the U.S., Germany and Iceland "and pressed them to testify against Mr. Assange in return for immunity from prosecution."

Assange has been holed up in the in London since August 2012. He has feared extradition to the US since published thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables.

He has long speculated that he has been charged secretly in the US. His fears appeared to have been confirmed in November after prosecutors, in an errant court filing in an unrelated case, inadvertently revealed the existence of sealed charges.

The Associated Press and other media organisations later reported that Assange is indeed facing unspecified charges under seal. Wikileaks said it argued in its petition to the Inter-American Commission of


Human Rights in Washington that the U.S. is compelled to disclose the charges under international law.

The commission is an agency of the and its decisions are theoretically binding, but the U.S. considers its rulings only as recommendations.

First Published: Thu, January 24 2019. 10:30 IST
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