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Key moments in Julian Assange’s legal saga

June 25, 2024 - Julian Assange has been released from a British prison and is due to plead guilty to violating U.S. espionage law, in a deal that would allow him to return home to Australia.

The WikiLeaks founder landed in Bangkok on Tuesday on his way to enter a plea deal with the U.S. government that will free him and resolve the legal case that spanned years and continents over the publication of a trove of classified documents.

A chartered flight from London that Assange’s wife, Stella, confirmed was carrying her husband landed at Don Mueang International Airport. Officials there told The Associated Press the plane was scheduled to continue on to Saipan, the capital of the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth in the Pacific, where Assange is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

He’s expected to plead guilty to an Espionage Act charge of conspiring to unlawfully obtain and disseminate classified national defence information, according to the U.S. Justice Department in a letter filed in court.

Assange is expected to return to his home country of Australia after his plea and sentencing. The hearing is taking place in Saipan because of Assange’s opposition to travelling to the continental U.S. and the court’s proximity to Australia, prosecutors said.

British judicial officials confirmed that Assange left the UK on Monday evening after being granted bail at a secret hearing last week, according to AP.

PUBLISHED: 25/06/2024; STORY: Graphic News