WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange thanks supporters before boarding plane at Stansted Airport

wikileaks founder julian assange thanks supporters before boarding plane at stansted airport

WARNING TAKEN FROM X FORMALLY TWITTER WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange boards a plane after being released from prison LINK:

Julian Assange thanked supporters via his WikiLeaks X account before seen boarding plane at Stansted Airport, London.

It comes after the WikiLeaks founder struck a plea deal with the US, according to court documents seen by NBC News after agreeing to plead guilty to breaching the Espionage Act, after which the US will waive his penalties, given his five-year stint in a British prison.

Originally, Assange was charged with conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defence information, as per the court documents. These allege that he collaborated with former US Army Intelligence Analyst Chelsea Manning to leak classified documents on his site, WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks shares a statement on X saying: "Julian Assange boards flight at London Stansted Airport at 5PM (BST) Monday June 24th. This is for everyone who worked for his freedom: thank you." Assange was seen walking up steps on the plane at London's Stansted Airport.

In a longer statement, WikiLeaks said: "JULIAN ASSANGE IS FREE Julian Assange is free. He left Belmarsh maximum security prison on the morning of 24 June, 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 is 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, leading to a deal that has not yet been formally finalised. We will provide more information as soon as possible. After more than five years in a 2x3 metre cell, isolated 23 hours a day, he will soon reunite with his wife Stella Assange, and their children, who have only known their father from behind bars. WikiLeaks published groundbreaking stories of government corruption and human rights abuses, holding the powerful accountable for their actions."

"As editor-in-chief, Julian paid severely for these principles, and for the people's right to know. As he returns to Australia, we thank all who stood by us, fought for us, and remained utterly committed in the fight for his freedom. Julian's freedom is our freedom."

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During the early years of Barack Obama's presidency, starting in 2009, Assange is alleged to have conspired with Manning to leak tens of thousands of activity reports about the Afghanistan war and hundreds of thousands detailing the Iraq war. This also included hundreds of thousands of State Department cables and assessment briefs relating to Guantanamo Bay detainees.

The court documents, obtained by NBC News, reveal that the case was filed in the Northern Mariana Islands, a US territory in the Pacific Ocean. The accused is expected to appear in court there, where he could be sentenced to 62 months (five years and two months), but will receive credit for time already served in a UK prison.

Assange has recently been released from Belmarsh Prison, situated on the outskirts of London, after spending seven years at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London until his asylum was revoked. He was forcibly arrested in April 2019, and a superseding indictment against him was issued shortly thereafter, with another following in June 2020.

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