Julian Assange has been released in the UK after pleading guilty in the US

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has been released in the UK after five years in detention.

founder of wikileaks, Julian Assange has reached a plea agreement with the US judicial system He will be released after five years in detention in the United Kingdom, according to court documents published Monday night.

The American authorities are pursuing him for revealing hundreds of thousands of secret documents. The Australian is scheduled to appear in federal court on Wednesday in the Mariana Islands, a US territory in the Pacific Ocean.

He is expected to plead guilty there “Conspiracy to obtain and disclose information relating to national defense.” According to the documents.

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Assange, 52 years old, He could be sentenced to 62 months in prison, But after serving a similar period of remand in London, it is expected that he will be able to return free to his native Australia.

WikiLeaks reported that “Julian Assange is free” and left the United Kingdom after learning of the agreement with American justice.

The agreement, which puts an end to a nearly 14-year-old saga, comes two weeks before a new key hearing before the British courts.

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The appeal is expected to be heard on July 9 and 10 Assange is against his extradition to the United States

Since 2019, when he was detained in a high-security prison in London, Assange has been fighting to avoid extradition to American justice. Which is pursuing him for publishing more than 700,000 secret documents about military and diplomatic activities, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Among the documents is a video showing civilians, including two Reuters journalists, killed by US helicopter fire in Iraq in July 2007.

*With information from Agence France-Presse.

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