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Julian Assange’s Jet Arrives in Bangkok, On Way to Offshore U.S. Court

Julian Assange was released from a maximum security British prison on Monday morning and is now travelling to the Northern Mariana Islands, a US territory in the northwest Pacific, to enter into a plea deal with the US Department of Justice (DOJ).

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was released by British authorities on Monday as part of a deal that will see him appear in federal court without ever setting foot on US soil. As reported last night, the deal will see Assange plead guilty to one count of conspiring to obtain and leak national defence information before being released in his native Australia.

Assange’s plane, a leased private jet, left London on Monday night and flew overnight to Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport in Thailand for a layover. The plane has filed a flight plan for the next leg of its journey, tonight to Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, a federal territory or dependency of the United States. The six-hour flight is due to depart Bangkok at 9pm Thai time (15:00pm BST, 10:00am EST).

While a deal with the US Department of Justice appears to have been reached, the Julian Assange Campaign said the WikiLeaks founder is “not out of the woods yet” and hinted at threats to Assange’s plane in the sky. Assange’s wife Stella was more explicit, sharing details of the plane’s tracking, saying: [the aircraft]All eyes need to be on his flight in case something goes wrong.”

The UK Crown Prosecution Service released a statement today regarding Mr Assange’s release to fly to US territory. Parents Quote The Director of Public Prosecutions said:

Thirteen and a half years after his first arrest and after two extradition requests, Julian Assange left the UK yesterday following a bail hearing which was held in private at his own request last Thursday.

I am proud of the way our extradition forces handled this case. They acted with expertise and skill, under international scrutiny, and provided legal advice to both Swedish and US authorities.

This case has taken significant time and resources from the criminal justice system over a number of years and the purpose of the plea agreement is to achieve the primary objective of delivering justice and also to save significant ongoing resource expenditure on further litigating this case in England.