Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrives in Australia, hugs his wife

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He is expected to plead guilty to an Espionage Act charge of conspiring to unlawfully obtain and transmit classified national defense information, according to the US Justice Department in a court filing.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrived in Australia on Wednesday and was reunited with his wife Stella after pleading guilty to violating US espionage laws. The plea deal ended his 14-year legal battle and finally set him free. Julian Assange disembarked from a private jet at Canberra airport, waved to waiting media and then lifted his wife off the ground and kissed her passionately.

He is expected to plead guilty to the Espionage Act charge of conspiring to unlawfully obtain and transmit classified national defense information, according to the US Justice Department in a paper filed with the court. Assange is expected to return to his home country of Australia after his plea and sentencing. The hearing is being held in Saipan because of Assange’s opposition to traveling to the continental US and the court’s proximity to Australia, prosecutors said.

It is worth noting that Australian editor and publisher Assange made headlines in 2010 when his organization WikiLeaks released about five lakh documents related to the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the US government, he conspired with military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to use his WikiLeaks website to reveal thousands of reports that exposed US military misconduct abroad.

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