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Julian Assange Released from UK Prison, Set to Return to Australia

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 • Tamil Comments
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was released from Belmarsh jail in the UK on Monday after pleading guilty to one count of conspiring to divulge sensitive US national defense materials. This settlement terminated his five-year UK sentence and allowed him to return to Australia.

Assange, 52, battled extradition to the US on charges of publishing secret military material. He is scheduled to appear in a US court on Wednesday after the UK government granted his extradition in June 2022.

Assange left Stansted airport after being granted bail by the High Court in London, according to WikiLeaks. They thanked supporters worldwide and credited a global movement comprising grassroots activists, press freedom advocates, and government leaders for his release.

Assange may receive a 62-month sentence with credit for UK time served. His parents expressed relief and appreciation, with Christine Assange emphasizing diplomacy's role in her son's rescue.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was commended by Assange's father, John Shipton, for his role in the issue and predicted his return to Australia. In a pre-recorded video outside the prison, Stella, Assange's wife, verified his release and thanked supporters.

WikiLeaks revealed diplomatic cables and battlefield reports from the US military in 2010, bringing Assange international recognition. Legal challenges and charges against him prompted global press freedom and government transparency debates.

Assange spent seven years in Ecuador's London embassy to escape extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges that were ultimately dismissed.

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