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Julian Assange is free and on his way back to Australia

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Julian Assange boards a flight at London Stansted Airport at 5pm, (BST) on Monday, June 24, 2024. Image https://x.com/wikileaks

Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has been released from jail in the UK and is on his way back to Australia, via Saipan, after he agreed to a US plea deal. 

According to Aljazeera ‘Assange, 52, will plead guilty to one count of conspiring to obtain and disclose classified US national defence documents, according to a filing in the US District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands.’

‘He was freed from the UK’s high-security Belmarsh prison on Monday and taken to the airport where he flew out of the country. Assange will appear at a court in Saipan 9, a US Pacific territory at 9am on Wednesday (23:00 GMT on Tuesday) where he will be sentenced to 62 months of time already served.’

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange following his release from Belmarsh Prison in the UK where he was held for 1,901 days. Image https://x.com/wikileaks

Assange left the maximum security Belmarsh jail after 1,901 days of incarceration and is expected to fly to Australia following his formal appearance in court in Saipan, near Guam. 

‘Julian Assange is free,’ Wikileaks posted on X (formerly Twitter) 

‘He left Belmarsh maximum security prison on the morning of 24 June, after having spent 1,901 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.

‘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.’

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  2. This is a situation on the USA pressuring Assange into a guilty plea so they can never be accused of imprisoning an innocent man. It was blackmail. I am so happy that he is free, but the USA come out of this scott-free when at the foundation, they are ‘guilty’ of all the acts and lies they perused to punish journalist reporting.

  3. Lest we forget… the importance of this narrative in history. This is not an act of compassion but a political example that has been made.

    This man may have been willing to expose the injustice of the ‘good’ old military industrial complex but as consequence suffered the enduring cost of family and freedom.

    May all be on notice that this is what happens when you take on the war machine. Not just the nation state of the US administration ( Dweedle Dee or Dweedle Dumb) but the corporate puppeteers that govern its affairs.Not the Us and Them, but the players in plain sight.

    Media and citizens may you learn your lessons and never dare to repeat this transgression.

    The facts that we gloss over, the leaks were extensively redacted, shared and published by prominent major media outlets that were never accountable. Swedish judicial charges were pursued with no conviction.

    The Australian government was in full compliance with the oppressive acts of AUKUS aka yes Boss. Julia Gillard and many weak politicians were of the mind that he should hang. Only until independent voices in this country made a collective commitment was there any mandate to take a stance.

    Show me one soldier/ operative that died as a consequence of this intelligence publication. Show me how many innocent people continue to die as a result of collateral damage.

    As ole mate said, how any times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see.

    The show must goes on! $$$$


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