A secret grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, is meeting to consider criminal charges in the WikiLeaks case, an attorney for the site’s founder, Julian Assange, told the Al-Jazeera network in an interview.
“We have heard from Swedish authorities there has been a secretly grand jury in Alexandria… They are currently investigating this,” Mark Stephens told Al-Jazeera’s Sir David Frost on Sunday.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said last week he had authorized “significant” actions related to a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks’ publication of the cables but has declined to elaborate.
Assange was sought for questioning about allegations of sexual assault in Sweden. He surrendered to British authorities last week.
“I think that the Americans are much more interested in terms of the WikiLeaks aspect,” He believes that United States just wants Assange detained, in order to “they can get their mitts on him.”
According to the attorney, the detainee has every right to know the charges for which he is being held, the allegations made against him, and the nature of the incriminating evidence.
Stephens exposed that so far has not been given this information to WikiLeaks´ founder and thinks it will take about seven years to reach a fair resolution of the case.
Before WikiLeaks began posting the cables, Assange wrote to the United States, saying he did not want to imperil any ongoing operations or put anyone at risk, Stephens said.