Julian Assange heads to US court on Pacific island after plea deal

The BBC: In exchange for pleading guilty to a single charge under the Espionage Act, Mr Assange will spend no time in US custody and will receive credit for the time spent incarcerated in the UK. He will ultimately return to Australia, according to a letter from the US justice department.  In a post on X, Wikileaks said that Mr Assange left London’s Belmarsh prison on Monday after 1,901 days in a small cell.

Mr Assange is expected to arrive in the Northern Mariana Islands, an American territory in the Pacific. On Tuesday, he left a British prison and flew to the Thai capital Bangkok for refuelling.

US officials were pursuing Mr Assange, 52, over charges related to a huge disclosure of secret files in 2010, which they said put lives in danger. Mr Assange has spent the last five years behind bars in the UK, resisting American attempts to extradite him. Prior to that, he was confined in the Ecuadorian Consulate in London.

The BBC lists the information Assange leaked through Wiki Leaks, (https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47907890 )

Chelsea Manning

Among the released material was Wikileaks publication hundreds of thousands of documents leaked by former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. Documents relating to the war in Afghanistan revealed how the US military had killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents.

Many other documents were released – Clinton, Palin and Pedestal e-mails, Epstein questions, 9/11 texts, military plans regarding the Iraq and Afghan wars.

The Independent: