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US to Consider a Plea Deal for Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange who Continues to be Held in Prison

The US is allegedly considering a “plea deal” offer for Julian Assange, which will allow him to “admit to misdemeanor.” However, his lawyers have revealed that they were provided with no such information.

According to western media sources, the US justice department was trying to cut short the rather lengthy UK court battle of the WikiLeaks founder against “extradition to the US on espionage charges.” This was primarily based on Assange exposing thousands of US classified documents which exposed the country’s war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

According to the report, the US is trying to drop the 18 charges under the Espionage Act, should Assange plead guilty to mishandling the classified documents. This will allow Assange to enter the plea from the UK and could release him shortly after the deal is finalized, since he has already spent five years in custody in the UK. 

Barry Pollack, one of Assange’s attorneys said in a statement: “It is inappropriate for Mr Assange’s lawyers to comment while his case is before the UK high court other than to say we have been given no indication that the Department of Justice intends to resolve the case and the United States is continuing with as much determination as ever to seek his extradition on all 18 charges, exposing him to 175 years in prison.”

The high court will decide if Assange will be granted a right to appeal his extradition or not. Assange is currently locked up in the high-security Belmarsh prison and has been classified as “too ill” to attend the Royal Courts of Justice.

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