Julian Assange is trying to force the Trump administration to unveil the United States' secret charges against him

JACK TAYLOR/AFP/Getty ImagesWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in central London in 2016.
  • Julian Assange made a legal motion with the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) to try to force the United States to unveil the secret charges against him.
  • Assange has been living in Ecuador’s embassy in London for seven years, fearing extradition to the United States where he’d face charges under seal.
  • The Trump administration has boycotted the IACHR, which oversees human rights violations in the Western Hemisphere.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange made a legal filing with an international human rights organisation to try to force the Trump administration to make the secret charges against him public.

Assange has been holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London since 2012. One of the reasons he hasn’t left is because he fears he’ll be arrested and extradited to the United States, where he’d be charged with crimes related to leaking classified diplomatic cables.

Assange’s fears were confirmed in November, when a mistake in a document filed by the United States Department of Justice indicated charges were filed against him in secret, though the nature of those charges aren’t known.


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Now, Assange’s legal team has filed a document with the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), which is overseen by the Organisation of American States. In his 1,172-page filing, Assange’s lawyers ask for the IACHR to intervene on his behalf and force the United States to unseal the charges against him.

The Trump administration has boycotted the IACHR, which oversees human rights abuses in the Western Hemisphere, according to The Guardian. Though the organisation was co-founded by the United States and is based in Washington, D.C., none of the body’s current seven commissioners are from the United States.

In Assange’s filing, he also accuses Ecuador of “espionage activities” against him. Ecuadorian officials have reportedly become increasingly impatient with Assange over the past few months, accusing him of ruining embassy floors by skateboarding through hallways and not cleaning up after his cats. Assange gave away his cat in November following the complaints.

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