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Julian Assange Is Back Home a Free Man

It's not clear where WikiLeaks founder will go from here

(Newser) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange returned to his homeland Australia aboard a charter jet and raised a celebratory clenched fist as his supporters cheered Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to obtaining and publishing US military secrets in a deal with Justice Department prosecutors that concludes a drawn-out legal saga. Assange told...

'You Will Be Able to Walk Out of This Courtroom a Free Man'

Judge in Saipan sentences Julian Assange to time served

(Newser) - After years in a British prison and years before that holed up in Ecuador's London embassy, Julian Assange faced an American judge Wednesday morning in one of the most remote US federal courthouses. In Saipan, capital of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Wikileaks founder pleaded guilty to one count...

Assange Deal Sets a 'Chilling Precedent'
Assange Deal Sets
a 'Chilling Precedent'

Assange Deal Sets a 'Chilling Precedent'

Guardian editorial board calls use of Espionage Act a 'bad and cynical move'

(Newser) - The plea deal to free Julian Assange will see him return to Australia without spending time in an American prison, but the WikiLeaks founder's conviction on an Espionage Act charge sets a precedent that some observers find alarming. Three takes on the deal:
  • The Guardian editorial board: This is

As Assange Goes Free, Wife Seeks Presidential Pardon

Stella Assange also hopes to raise $500K to cover the cost of flights

(Newser) - Julian Assange is expected in his home country of Australia on Wednesday after 14 years confined in the UK, though his wife is still in doubt. "When I have him in front of me and I can take him and hug him and then it will be real,"...

Wikileaks Founder Reaches Plea Deal With US to End Battle
Julian Assange Reaches
Plea Deal, Leaves Prison

Julian Assange Reaches Plea Deal, Leaves Prison

Wikileaks founder will return to Australia after sentencing, US filing says

(Newser) - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the Justice Department that will resolve a long-running legal saga that spanned multiple continents and centered on the publication of a trove of classified documents, according to court papers filed late Monday. Assange left a...

Julian Assange Scores Big Win in Extradition Fight

London court allows him to appeal order to ship him to the US to face charges

(Newser) - Had Monday's hearing not gone his way, Julian Assange might be on his way to the US right now to face espionage charges. Instead, a London court agreed to allow him to appeal the extradition order that would send him to America , reports Reuters . The upshot is that the...

US Offers Assurances on Assange. His Wife Is Skeptical

'Blatant weasel words,' Stella Assange says of vow from US that's meant to jump-start extradition

(Newser) - The United States made its deadline Tuesday, providing London's High Court with the assurances needed to jump-start Julian Assange's extradition from the UK. The WikiLeaks founder's wife, however, isn't exactly buying it, reports Reuters .
  • Backstory: Last month, two judges said that Australia's Assange—who was

Biden on Assange: I'm 'Considering' Australia's Ask

The WikiLeaks founder's native country wants the US to drop its extradition bid

(Newser) - The US has been trying to extradite Julian Assange for more than a decade, a move that his native Australia has long opposed. President Biden on Wednesday told reporters he is "considering" Australia's request to drop the case. The BBC reports Australia's parliament in February passed a...

RFK Jr. Campaign Backs Away From Email on 'J6 Activists'

Team now disavows fundraising email that deems inmates 'stripped of their Constitutional liberties'

(Newser) - Donald Trump has made no bones about publicly supporting individuals incarcerated for the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol . Now, the campaign of another 2024 presidential contender is walking back its own assessment of the jailed rioters in a fundraising email.
  • The email: The campaign of independent candidate Robert

Julian Assange Gets a Break on His Extradition

High Court says it will grant WikiLeaks founder new appeal if US can't grant certain 'assurances'

(Newser) - A British court says Julian Assange can't immediately be extradited to the United States on espionage charges, in a partial victory for the WikiLeaks founder. Two High Court judges said they'd grant Assange, 52, a new appeal unless US authorities give further assurances about what will happen to...

Could Assange's 14-Year Legal Saga Be Drawing to a Close?

Sources say the US is considering a plea deal that could see him released soon

(Newser) - Julian Assange has been battling with the US since 2010, when his WikiLeaks published thousands of confidential US military and diplomatic documents. But sources tell the Wall Street Journal the US Department of Justice is considering bringing the whole thing to an end with a plea deal. Assange has been...

Lawyers for US Push Back on Assange's Last-Ditch Bid
Assange Won't Learn
His Fate for Weeks

Assange Won't Learn His Fate for Weeks

Judges reserve decision on last-ditch push to avoid extradition

(Newser) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange won't find out until next month at the earliest whether he can challenge extradition to the US on spying charges, or if his long legal battle in Britain has run out of road. Two High Court judges said Wednesday they would take time to consider...

Wife Says Julian Assange Won't Survive Extradition

Hearing this week 'will determine if he lives or dies, essentially,' says Stella Assange

(Newser) - A hearing at the High Court of Justice in London over two days starting Tuesday could be Julian Assange's last chance to avoid extradition—and his wife says it could be the last chance to save his life. Stella Assange tells the BBC that the WikiLeaks founder, who has...

Artist: I'll Destroy Masterpieces if Assange Dies in Prison

Andrei Molodkin says 'Dead Man's Switch' project includes works from Picasso, Rembrandt

(Newser) - A Russian dissident artist living in France says he has gathered 16 artworks worth an estimated $45 million—and they will be destroyed if Julian Assange dies in prison. Andrei Molodkin says the artworks in the "Dead Man's Switch" project, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso, and Andy...

Ocasio-Cortez, Greene Agree on Prosecution of Assange

16 lawmakers call for administration to drop extradition efforts

(Newser) - Julian Assange has found bipartisan support in Congress, though his backers don't span their parties, the Hill reports. Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, and their frequent allies are among the 16 lawmakers, "as members of Congress deeply committed to the principles of free speech...

Assange Wants Out of Prison to Honor a Friend

Wikileaks founder asks to attend funeral of fashion icon Vivienne Westwood

(Newser) - Julian Assange wants to be let out of prison, if only for a few hours, to attend the funeral of a friend and public supporter. The Wikileaks founder has asked authorities at Britain's Belmarsh Prison to allow him to pay his respects to the late fashion icon Vivienne Westwood,...

News Outlets Ask US to Drop Assange Charges

Open letter from 'NYT,' others says prosecution 'sets a dangerous precedent' on free speech

(Newser) - Five major news organizations have issued a joint open letter calling on the United States to drop charges against Julian Assange for publishing a massive trove of classified documents, saying the prosecution “sets a dangerous precedent and threatens to undermine America’s First Amendment and the freedom of the...

Looks Like Assange May Soon Be Headed to US

UK home secretary gives the OK to extradite WikiLeaks founder; he has 14 days to appeal

(Newser) - The final step in approving Julian Assange's extradition from the UK to the United States to face espionage charges has been taken. In April, a British judge gave the green light to move the WikiLeaks founder overseas, and on Friday, Priti Patel, Britain's home secretary, gave her OK...

British Judge Gives Formal Approval to Assange Extradition

But there's still one more step

(Newser) - A British judge on Wednesday formally approved the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States to face spying charges. The case will now go to Britain’s interior minister for a decision, though the WikiLeaks founder still has legal avenues of appeal, reports the AP . The order, which brings...

Julian Assange Gets Married in Prison
Julian Assange Is
Now a Married Man

Julian Assange Is Now a Married Man

WikiLeaks founder weds Stella Moris at high-security Belmarsh Prison in London

(Newser) - Ladies, Julian Assange is now officially off the market. On Wednesday, the WikiLeaks founder married lawyer Stella Moris at his home of three years—London's high-security Belmarsh Prison—in a small ceremony that included the happy couple of seven years, their two young children, Assange's father and brother,...

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