25 Jun 2024

Julian Assange to go free as Wikileaks founder agrees US plea deal

Washington Correspondent

After nearly 14 years ensconced at various times in a stately home, a foreign Embassy and then in a high security prison, the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has left the country.

He had faced the threat of spending decades behind bars in an American federal jail, while critics say he put many lives at risk by releasing sensitive information.

But after reaching a plea deal with US authorities, all that stands between him and freedom is a court on a remote tropical island.