Lawyer for WikiLeaks’ Assange says he would fight charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not willingly travel to the United States to face charges filed under seal against him. That prediction from one of his lawyers foreshadows a possible fight over extradition for a central figure in the U.S. special counsel’s Russia-Trump investigation.

Assange, who has taken cover in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been granted asylum, has speculated for years that the Justice Department brought secret criminal charges against him for revealing highly sensitive government information on his website.

It turns out prosecutors, in an errant court filing in an unrelated case, inadvertently revealed the existence of sealed charges. The filing said the charges and arrest warrant “would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint…”

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