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Australia's Diplomacy Secures Julian Assange's Freedom

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has been released thanks to the diplomatic efforts of Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. After a 14-year struggle including time in a British prison and the Ecuadorean embassy, a plea deal was reached with the US. Assange pled guilty to a single espionage charge and walked free, marking a triumph for Australian diplomacy.
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, was released after a 14-year legal battle.

His release was facilitated by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's diplomatic efforts.

Assange spent five years in a high-security British prison and seven years in the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

Australian authorities, including lawyer Jennifer Robinson, credited intense lobbying with the US and UK.

The successful diplomatic push was bolstered by Australia's strengthened security ties with Washington and London.

In May 2022, the Labor government, led by Albanese, actively supported Assange's case, culminating in a plea deal where Assange pled guilty to a single espionage charge.

He faced 175 years in prison originally but walked free under the agreement.

The deal was preceded by interventions from various Australian politicians and a significant parliamentary motion.

The appointment of sympathetic diplomats Kevin Rudd and Stephen Smith to top positions in the US and UK furthered Assange's cause.

Eventually, the UK's High Court allowed an appeal against his extradition, prompting final negotiations.
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