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Julian Assange Freed After 14-Year Legal Ordeal: Appears in Court in Saipan

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has finally been freed after appearing in court in Saipan, putting an end to a 14-year legal ordeal. The 52-year-old made a deal with the United States Justice Department, pleading guilty to a single charge of espionage in exchange for his release.

Assange, accompanied by members of his legal team and Australia’s ambassador to the US, Kevin Rudd, flew in from the UK on a private aircraft. He appeared in court in Saipan wearing a dark suit and smiled as he walked in. After admitting to the charge of conspiracy to obtain and disclose classified US national defense documents, US District Judge Ramona Manglona sentenced him to five years and two months, which was the time he spent in prison in the UK fighting extradition.

The judge declared him a free man and allowed him to leave the courtroom. Assange’s wife, Stella, expressed her emotions on social media, saying, “I can’t stop crying.” The Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, welcomed the development and expressed Australia’s support for Assange.

Assange’s freedom marks the final chapter in a long battle that saw him spend over five years in a UK high-security jail and seven years in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. Despite the controversies surrounding his actions, his supporters consider him a champion of press freedom for exposing US military wrongdoing. On the other hand, Washington has accused him of putting lives in danger by releasing classified documents.

As Assange heads back to Australia, his supporters and critics alike await to see what the future holds for the controversial figure and the impact of his actions on the world stage.

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