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“His ordeal is finally coming to an end”: Julian Assange’s parents react to the agreement with the American justice system

“His ordeal is finally coming to an end”: Julian Assange’s parents react to the agreement with the American justice system

“His ordeal is finally coming to an end”: Julian Assange’s parents react to the agreement with the American justice system

The parents of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, welcomed the end of his legal “ordeal” on Tuesday after announcing an agreement with the American justice system for his release.

The 52-year-old Australian left the United Kingdom by plane on Monday and is expected to appear in court in the Mariana Islands, a US Pacific territory, according to WikiLeaks.

“I am grateful that my son’s ordeal is finally coming to an end. This shows the importance and power of quiet diplomacy,” Christine Assange said in a statement broadcast on public broadcaster ABC and other media.

“Many people have used my son’s situation to advance their own interests. So I am grateful to the invisible and hardworking people who put Julian’s well-being first,” she said.

“The last fourteen years have obviously been a challenge for me as a mother, and so I would like to thank you in advance for respecting my privacy,” Ms Assange added.

Julian Assange has agreed to plead guilty to American justice to regain his freedom after five years in prison in the United Kingdom.

Prosecuted on charges of leaking hundreds of thousands of confidential documents, he is scheduled to appear Wednesday in federal court in the Marianas Islands, according to court documents. He is then due to travel to Australia, WikiLeaks reports.

“Congratulations to everyone, this is incredible.”

His father, John Shipton, said he was “a little bit curious to find out if everything they say in the media is true.” “It looks like Julian will be able to live a normal life with his family and his wife Stella, that’s what I understand,” he told Australian public radio ABC.

“It looks like Julian will be able to return to Australia, I thank and congratulate all his supporters in Australia who made this possible, and of course Prime Minister Anthony Albanese,” he continued.

Anthony Albanese has repeatedly called for the release of Julian Assange. In early 2024, the Australian Parliament voted on a motion to end the prosecution.

Julian Assange suffered during the “most productive period” of his life, his father said. “I think spending 15 years in prison in one form or another and ending up with five years in a maximum security prison is difficult, more than difficult.” The prospect of Julian Assange’s release is ‘exciting’. “Congratulations to everyone, this is incredible,” he added.

Julian Assange has been detained in London’s Belmarsh maximum security prison since April 2019.

He was arrested after hiding out in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for seven years to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faced sexual assault charges that were eventually dropped.


Source: Le Parisien

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