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Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder, Reaches Plea Agreement with United States

News: Julian Assange Enters Plea Deal with U.S. Government, Ending International Saga

Julian Assange, the controversial founder of WikiLeaks, has reached a plea deal with the U.S. government after years of legal battles and international controversy. Assange is set to plead guilty to a single count of conspiracy related to obtaining and disclosing national defense information in a U.S. federal court in the Northern Mariana Islands.

This agreement, which includes a 62-month sentence equivalent to time served, brings an end to Assange’s time at Belmarsh Prison in the UK, where he fought extradition to the United States. Following the court proceeding, Assange is expected to be released and return to his home country of Australia.

Australian leaders have pushed for the dropping of the criminal case against Assange, and President Biden confirmed that American authorities were considering such a move. Assange was indicted on espionage and computer misuse charges in 2019, accused of working with Chelsea Manning to publish classified information on WikiLeaks.

The case against Assange has drawn support from human rights and journalism groups, who fear that the prosecution under the Espionage Act could set a dangerous precedent for charging journalists with national security crimes. Assange’s legal troubles have been complex, with accusations in Sweden leading to his time hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, followed by legal battles over extradition to the US.

The plea deal with the U.S. government avoids further legal proceedings over extradition, providing a resolution to the long-standing international saga surrounding Julian Assange.

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