The filing of charges against Assange came to light after portions of a complaint against him were apparently cut and pasted into a complaint against an unrelated individual, Seitu Sulayman Kokayi.
In two places, Assange's name appeared, leading to the conclusion that these paragraphs of text had been cut and pasted by mistake.
One sentence read: "Another procedure short of sealing will not adequately protect the needs of law enforcement at this time because, due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged."
The motion filed by the Reporters Committee said on 15 November, Seamus Hughes, the deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University "reported that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia had pasted sections of a motion to seal the charging document in the Assange Prosecution into a publicly available sealing motion filed in an unrelated matter".
The motion concluded: "The Reporters Committee seeks an order unsealing the court records — including, but not limited to, the Court’s docket and any criminal complaint, indictment, or other charging document—from the government’s criminal prosecution of Assange."