Julian Assange to Plead Guilty to Espionage

Julian Assange

Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has agreed to plead guilty to violating US espionage laws.

The agreement is set to be finalised on Wednesday, June 26. According to the Justice Department, Assange will not be detained by the US government and will be free to return to his home in Australia.

Arrest and Detention

Assange, 52, was arrested in 2019 by British police for allegedly obtaining and sharing information about both America’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq through WikiLeaks.

“After more than five years in a 2×3 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 stated on social media.

Stella Assange celebrated her husband’s release with a post on X, showing Assange arriving at Stansted airport. “Words cannot express our immense gratitude to YOU – yes, YOU, who have all mobilised for years and years to make this come true,” she said.

Prosecutors’ Allegations

Federal prosecutors accused Assange of revealing the identities of individuals who provided information to the US government, an allegation he denied, claiming he was acting as a journalist.

In 2010, Assange was accused of rape and sexual assault in Sweden. To avoid extradition, he sought asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he stayed for seven years until his eviction in 2019.

Although Sweden dropped its investigation in 2017, Ecuador revoked his asylum in 2019, leading to his arrest by British police at the request of the US.

Role in the 2016 Election

WikiLeaks played a significant role in the 2016 US election by releasing hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign, as well as information about the Democratic National Committee.

The release of over 150,000 emails revealed details of Clinton’s paid speeches to Wall Street companies, tense communications and concerns about the Clinton Foundation. However, neither Assange nor WikiLeaks were charged for their involvement in this case.

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Talyta Franca

Talyta Franca, Class 2026, Northwestern University in Qatar.

Comments


    • Naimah

      26 June 2024 • 09:50

      He did the world a favour and went to jail for it. He´s a hero. Here´s to the continuation of journalism where the disgusting behaviour of politicians and governments continues to be revealed to the public

      • D. Bath

        26 June 2024 • 10:21

        Well said, very well said.

    • CCW60

      26 June 2024 • 15:54

      He committed no crime except the “crime” of exposing corrupt political figures and their crooked, self serving global plans against humanity. He is a global hero and courageous investigative journalist. He went to prison while the REAL criminals in suits and ties, in government buildings, and on your television screens are left to carry on their self serving evil plans. God Bless Julian Assange. I pray his work will eventually bring down the evil doers in our world today.

    • Conchi

      02 July 2024 • 23:57

      Julian Assange was left with little choice but to plead guilty, however, the world and his neighbour know otherwise… … …

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