“Julian Assange is free”: WikiLeaks founder leaves UK after being released from prison in deal with US

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“Julian Assange is free”: WikiLeaks founder leaves UK after being released from prison in deal with US

According to WikiLeaksThe 52-year-old Australian left Belmarsh prison near London on Monday morning and boarded a plane at Stansted Airport in the afternoon. United Kingdom.

Portal WikiLeaks He announced this Monday on his X account Julian Assange He had already left the British high-security prison where he was being held in the morning United Kingdom With a view to returning to Australia.

Julian Assange It’s free. He was released on the morning of June 24 from Belmarsh Maximum Security Prison, where he had spent 1,901 days,” WikiLeaks reported on X.

The portal ensures that AssangeThe 52-year-old and Australian citizen was “granted bail by the High Court in London and released in the afternoon at Stansted Airport, where he boarded a flight to leave the United Kingdom.”

“After more than five years in a 2×3 meter room, 23 hours a day in isolation, he will soon be reunited with his wife Stella. Assange and his children, who know their father only behind bars,” says the portal, which concludes its message at X: “Julien’s freedom is our freedom.”

WikiLeaks also released a video AssangeWhite-haired, reviewing some papers, walks up the steps of the plane.

Agreement between Assange and US Justice

Notification of WikiLeaks This comes after it was revealed in court documents Assange reached An agreement with the US Department of Justice It would allow him to return to Australia and end a long judicial saga over the leak of classified documents.

Assange He will appear in court in the US territory of the Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean at 9:00 a.m. local time (23:00 GMT Tuesday) on Wednesday to finalize the deal with the Justice Department.

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The US justice system charged Assange Up to 18 felony counts of violating the Espionage Act in 2010 for one of the largest leaks of classified information in U.S. history, including secrets from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and data on detainees at Guantanamo Bay, among other things.

According to an agreement with the Department of Justice, Assange He will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to unlawfully obtain and disseminate classified information during a court hearing on Wednesday.

Due to protest he must appear in court in the Mariana Islands Assange For travel within the continental United States and within the vicinity of the court AustraliaAccording to the letter from the Department of Justice, it was submitted to the court.

According to the agreement, it still needs to be approved by a judge. Assange He will be sentenced to 62 months in prison, equivalent to time he has already served at the high-security Belmarsh prison.

Press freedom organizations have been calling for Assange’s release for years, and his wife, Stella, is leading a campaign for his protection with the participation of celebrities and political figures. (with information from EFE)

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