JULIAN ASSANGE: Here’s what’s happening

Thirteen-and-a-half years later, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange agreed to a guilty plea deal in London to free him from the legal case over his publicaton of classified U.S. documents.

Assange is expected to plead guilty to an Espionage Act charge of conspiring to unlawfully obtain and disseminate classified national defense information, according to the U.S. Justice Department in a letter filed in court.

Now, his plane is headed for U.S. territory after spending 5 years in a high-security London prison. Assange will arrive in Saipan to enter a plea deal with the U.S. government.

According to The Associated Press, the chartered flight from London that Assange’s wife, Stella, confirmed was carrying her husband, left Don Mueang International Airport.

The official WikiLeaks account on X also stated that Assange was heading toward Saipan, the capital of the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth in the Pacific, where he’s scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

Assange is expected to return to his home country of Australia after his plea and sentencing. The hearing is taking place in Saipan because of Assange’s opposition to traveling to the continental U.S. and the court’s proximity to Australia, prosecutors said.

British judicial officials confirmed that Assange left the U.K. on Monday evening after being granted bail at a secret hearing last week.

Following news of Assange's release, free thinkers took to X to share their favorite videos of the WikiLeaks founder.

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