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Julian Assange to Plead Guilty in Plea Agreement with U.S. Government, Avoiding Prison

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is set to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defense information as part of a plea agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

Court documents from the United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands state:

Defendant Julian Paul Assange (“Assange”) is not a U.S. citizen, does not hold a U.S. security clearance, and was not authorized to possess, access, or control any documents, papers or notes relating to the defense of the United States that contained classified U.S. government information.

Assange is scheduled to appear before a judge on Saipan, the capital and largest island of the Northern Mariana Islands, at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. according to In a letter from Matthew J. Mackenzie.

The letter reads:

Given the defendant’s objections to traveling to the continental United States to enter his guilty plea, and the proximity of this federal district court to Australia, the defendant’s country of nationality (and we expect the defendant will return to Australia at the conclusion of this hearing), we are grateful that, at the parties’ joint request, the court has agreed to conduct these plea and sentencing proceedings on a single day.

Assange is Detained He has been held in Belmarsh, a British security prison, since British authorities arrested him at the Ecuadorian embassy in April 2019.

The Justice Department had accused Assange of working with former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) to steal and disclose classified documents.

In May 2019, Assange Charged The 18-count indictment by the Department of Justice

The indictment alleges that Assange conspired with former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to illegally obtain and disclose classified defense documents. Specifically, the indictment alleges that Assange conspired with Manning to obtain and aid in the obtaining of classified information from Manning with probable cause to believe that it would be used for U.S. investigations or a foreign interest, received and attempted to receive classified information with probable cause to believe that such material would be obtained, acquired, created or disposed of by unlawful persons, and aided and aided Manning in the transmission of classified documents to Assange.

Assange’s plea deal with the Justice Department came after the High Court in London allowed his appeal against extradition to the United States.