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“Julian Assange is free” after an agreement with American justice, WikiLeaks reports

“Julian Assange is free” after an agreement with American justice, WikiLeaks reports

“Julian Assange is free” after an agreement with American justice, WikiLeaks reports

He is one of the most wanted people in the world. Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has agreed to plead guilty to American justice to regain his freedom after five years in prison in the United Kingdom.

The 52-year-old Australian, prosecuted for leaking hundreds of thousands of confidential documents, is due to appear in federal court in the Mariana Islands, a US Pacific territory, at 9am local time on Wednesday (11pm GMT Tuesday). Court documents were made public overnight from Monday to Tuesday.

“Julian Assange is free” and left the UK and the maximum security prison near London where he had been imprisoned since 2019 to board a plane at Stansted Airport, WikiLeaks said shortly after, welcoming the possibility of a reunion with his wife Stella Assange. and their children are “the result of a global campaign.”

The organization then released a 13-second video of him walking up the plane.

62 months in prison, already served

Now that Julian Assange has been targeted for “conspiracy to obtain and disclose information relating to national defense,” he must plead guilty to that charge alone, according to these documents, which also name his accomplice, US soldier Chelsea Manning. guilty of this massive crime. a leak.

He is expected to be sentenced to 62 months in prison, already serving pretrial detention in London, allowing him to freely return to his native Australia.

“Julian is free!!! crowed his wife Stella Assange, expressing “huge gratitude” to those who have mobilized “for many years” to make his release “a reality.”

The Australian government also commented on the outcome, saying that Assange’s case had “protracted” and that his continued detention was no longer of any interest.

The agreement, which ends a nearly 14-year saga, comes two weeks before a crucial new hearing in British courts. It was about the consideration on July 9 and 10 of Julian Assange’s appeal against his extradition to the United States.

Punishable by 175 years in prison.

He has fought to avoid being handed over to American justice, which is prosecuting him for releasing more than 700,000 confidential documents since 2010 about American military and diplomatic activities, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Among the documents is a video showing civilians, including two Reuters journalists, killed when a U.S. helicopter gunship was shot down in Iraq in July 2007.

He faces 18 charges and theoretically faces up to 175 years in prison under the Espionage Act.

Chelsea Manning, for her part, was sentenced to 35 years in prison by a military court in August 2013, but was released seven years later after President Barack Obama commuted her sentence.

The British government approved the extradition of Julian Assange in June 2022.

In the latest twist in the long-running case, which has become a symbol for his supporters of threats to press freedom, two British judges granted him the right to appeal his extradition in May.

video“Julian in danger”: Assange’s final appeal against extradition to the US begins in London

This appeal should have stated whether he would enjoy free speech protections as an alien in the US legal system.

The WikiLeaks founder was arrested by British police in April 2019 after spending seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden on rape charges, and fired the same year.

Since then, calls have increased for US President Joe Biden to drop the charges against him. Australia submitted a formal request to this effect in February, which Joe Biden said he was studying, raising hopes among his supporters.

Source: Le Parisien

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