The US Department of Justice is discussing with Assange’s lawyers the possibility of mitigating the charges and even freedom in exchange for a “confession of guilt”

The US Department of Justice is discussing with Assange’s lawyers the possibility of mitigating the charges and even freedom in exchange for a “confession of guilt”

The US Department of Justice is “considering a deal” with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange that would allow him to go free in exchange for a “guilty plea”.

According to media sources, lawyers for Assange, who is awaiting extradition from Great Britain to the United States, have been negotiating with the American Department of Justice for some time. According to the parties’ decision, Assange must plead guilty to a lesser charge (mishandling classified information instead of the current espionage charge) and then be freed. Media sources claim that the five years Assange spent in Belmarsh prison in Great Britain will be considered time served. The US Ministry of Justice almost agrees with this decision. If the agreement really takes place, for its agreement, Assange will not even need to be extradited to the USA, he will be able to be released already in Britain, taking into account the time he has already spent behind bars.

In early March, human rights activists from the United Nations appealed to the US Department of Justice to drop the case against Assange, as he is being prosecuted for spreading information that has already leaked, and not for espionage.

In mid-March, the UK Supreme Court began hearing a new appeal by Assange’s defense against extradition to the US.

On June 8, 2023, a UK High Court judge dismissed Assange’s earlier appeal. The court stated that none of the four explanations in the document has any reasoned basis. In the USA, the founder of WikiLeaks can be sentenced to 175 years in a maximum security prison.

Assange’s defense has launched a new appeal to the UK Supreme Court against his extradition to the US. In this case, Assange’s case will be discussed in public hearings with the participation of two new judges. The consensus of the parties, including representatives of the prosecution, defense and independent lawyers, is that Assange is “dangerously close” to spending the rest of his life in an American prison cell.

Assange’s legal team will continue to try to convince the court that the reason for his extradition to the US is politically motivated. The British court thinks otherwise. They also state that the threat of Assange’s suicide in an American prison has been ruled out. “This risk of suicide, in our opinion, is excluded by the proposed guarantees of the United States,” said the head of the Supreme Court, Lord Burnett.

“We remain optimistic that we will prevail and that Julian will not be extradited to the US to face charges that could see him spend the rest of his life in a maximum security prison for publishing truthful information , which reveals war crimes committed by the American government,” Assange’s wife Stella Assange said. They were married at Belmarsh Prison on March 23, 2022.

Assange’s supporters have warned that his years-long prosecution and expected prison sentence in the US have already dealt a serious blow to journalistic protections and freedom of speech around the world, which is unacceptable and illegal. The US authorities have previously repeatedly stated that “journalism is not a crime”, but in this case they have a different position. Assange’s defense says it’s not about one man, it’s about freedom of the press and the US government using espionage law with unconstitutional powers to criminalize routine news gathering and public interest disclosure.

On November 28, 2022, American media and European news agencies called on the US to drop the charges against Assange. There was no reaction from the country’s authorities.

August 27, 2022 Assange submitted a new appeal to the Supreme Court of Great Britain against extradition to the United States, with attached evidence of violations in this case by both the United States and British government agencies. The defendants in the appeal are the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Great Britain, Priti Patel, and the US government.
Assange’s defense explainedwhat:

  • the US government distorted the main facts of the case presented to the British court;

  • Assange is being prosecuted illegally because the US intends to bring criminal charges for his political beliefs;

  • the US government’s request violates the US-UK extradition treaty and international law, as it involves political crimes;

  • the extradition request and the circumstances surrounding it are an abuse of procedural powers.

The lawyers insist that Priti Patel committed malfeasance in her decision to approve the extradition order on special grounds and pressure from the US, even though the request violates the extradition treaty between the countries.

Assange is currently 51 years old and is in a British prison in a separate cell. He spent eight years behind bars, hiding since June 2012 in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. There, Assange received several summonses from law enforcement agencies, which required him to come to the police station for extradition to the United States.

If extradited to the US, the founder of WikiLeaks could be sentenced to 175 years in a maximum security prison. Although U.S. prosecutors said the sentence would be more lenient, it is likely that the charges will require four to six years in prison.

On June 30, Julian Assange appealed to the Supreme Court of Great Britain against extradition to the United States. According to Assange’s lawyer, the court will hear two appeals and decide whether his appeal can be heard. Court officials and lawyers said at the time that it was the start of months of new legal battles over whether Assange should be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges.

For the defense, this is the last stage of legal decisions and attempts to save the situation in the Assange extradition case. If the decision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Great Britain is upheld, the founder of Wikileaks will have no other legal ways to avoid extradition to the United States. Assange’s renewed appeal should help strengthen the defense and prove in court that the problems in the case are much broader than the US government is trying to hide.

On June 17, the head of the British Interior Ministry, Priti Patel, approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. Assange’s defense has since planned to appeal the decision.

“The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Great Britain approved the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, where he faces 175 years in prison. This is a dark day for freedom of the press and British democracy,” said the message on WikiLeaks.

The international organization Amnesty International said that Great Britain should refrain from extraditing Julian Assange, and the United States should drop the charges and release him.

“If the extradition takes place, he faces a long solitary confinement. US diplomatic assurances that Assange will not be held in solitary confinement or subjected to unlawful measures of influence cannot be taken at face value, given the previous persistent actions and attempts by the US authorities to obtain Assange,” explained Amnesty International.

On April 20, 2022, a London court decided to extradite Assange to the United States. Although today the Westminster Magistrates Court of London issued a warrant for the extradition of Assange to the USA, this process has not yet started. The final decision on Assange’s extradition to the US was to be made by British Home Secretary Priti Patel.

On March 14, 2022, the Supreme Court of Great Britain rejected Assange’s appeal, in which he challenged the decision previously issued by a court in London to allow his extradition to the United States.

“The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom refused to grant an appeal in the case of Assange’s extradition,” Wikileaks lawyers said at the time. They specified that this case has now been transferred to the head of the British Ministry of Internal Affairs, Priti Patel, who may soon give permission for Assange’s extradition to the United States, where he is charged with a total of 17 charges of espionage and conspiring with ex-Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning to hack. government computer systems to distribute classified military documents in 2010–2011.

Assange’s defense, public organizations and independent journalists continue to fight for his release.


In April 2019, London police arrested Assange after he was denied asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy.

The London court took into account the statements of the representatives of the state authorities of the prosecution from the United States that they minimize the risk of Assange’s suicide after extradition. Also, the lawyers representing the USA promised that Assange will be held in an American prison under normal conditions, no harsh measures will be taken against him, if he himself does not commit acts for which he deserves them in the future. In all, the US has given the court four security guarantees, including that Assange will not be held in solitary confinement before or after his trial or held in a maximum security prison if extradited.

In 2019, the UN special rapporteur on torture, Professor Nils Melzer, spoke about the methods of psychological pressure on Assange, up to the point of torture, during his stay inside the embassy and in prison.

In early April 2019, Assange was denied asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy “for repeated violations of international conventions.” In fact, the embassy had to hand it over to the British authorities. On April 11, 2019, in London, at the request of the United States, Assange was arrested by the London Metropolitan Police.

In September 2020, a prison psychiatrist diagnosed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with Asperger’s syndrome (a form of autism).

In October 2020, lawyers for the WikiLeaks founder revealed that the FBI had seized all legally privileged materials from Julian Assange following his arrest, including records from his personal archive. And without this information, it became difficult to conduct a full-fledged defense in the case of extradition.

In mid-December 2020, there were rumors that US President Donald Trump intended to pardon Assange. But this, as ex-employee of the American special services Edward Snowden specified on Twitter, it turned out as a result of incorrect information.

On January 4, 2021, the Central Criminal Court of London refused to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. The lawyers of the American side appealed this decision.

On January 6, a British court refused Julian Assange released on bail and remanded in custody pending a US extradition appeal. Assange’s defense has assured that there is no escape risk. The US administration continued to demand Assange’s extradition.

Assange after his extradition hearing in early 2020. Photo source: Reuters.

On June 26, 2021, one of the main witnesses in the US case against Assange, Icelander Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson, admitted that he fabricated key statements against the WikiLeaks founder. It was these materials that the US used in its indictment. Thordarson was recruited by the US CIA and used within WikiLeaks to collect information and data that the intelligence services could not obtain on their own.

In September 2021, the media reported that the US intelligence services and the administration of the country’s former president, Donald Trump, planned several options for kidnapping from Great Britain and even killing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In fact, they wanted to declare war on WikiLeaks and everyone associated with this organization, for several years they monitored all its employees around the world, recorded on video all the actions of Assange in the embassy of Ecuador. According to multiple sources of Yahoo News journalists, the assassination of the WikiLeaks founder was planned at the highest levels of President Trump’s administration. Assange was lucky that these plans were never approved by the president and senior administration officials, although the CIA leadership insisted on an immediate operation, at least to abduct and classify his location.

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