Wikileaks: After Spending 1901 Days In Prison, Plea Deal, Frees Julian Assange

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WikiLeaks has released its first footage showing Julian Assange as a free man, emerging from Belmarsh prison looking triumphant and joyous, and soon after boarded a plane to his native Australia.

Assange left Belmarsh maximum security prison on the morning of Monday, June 24, after having spent 1901 days there.

He was granted bail by the High Court in London and was released at Stansted airport during the afternoon, where he boarded a plane and departed the UK.

This was the result of a global campaign that spanned grass-roots organisers, press freedom campaigners, legislators and leaders from across the political spectrum, all the way to the United Nations.

This created the space for a long period of negotiations with the US Department of Justice which led to a deal that has not yet been formally finalised.

After more than five years in a 2×3 metre cell, isolated 23 hours a day, Assange will soon reunite with his wife Stella Assange, and their children, who have only known their father from behind bars.

WikiLeaks published ground breaking stories of government corruption and human rights abuses, holding the powerful accountable for their actions.

As editor-in-chief, Assange paid severely for these principles, and for the people’s right to know.

He allegedly pleaded guilty to leaking US national security secrets under a deal with Biden’s DoJ that ends a nearly 15-year battle nightmare for the WikiLeaks founder.

After spending more than a decade holed up and imprisoned in London mainly to avoid being sent to the US, Assange, 52, is expected to be sentenced to time served (62 months in a Belmarsh prison which is a high security facility in South-East London), avoiding a potentially lengthy sentence in an American prison.

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