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26 Jun 2024

Julian Assange Secures Freedom After Lengthy Legal Battle

26 June 2024
Julian Assange

In April 2010, WikiLeaks released video footage of a 2007 airstrike by a US Apache helicopter. Entitled ‘Collateral Murder’, the shocking video showed unarmed civilians (including journalists and children) being deliberately machine-gunned and depicts what many view as evidence of war crimes committed by the US military in Iraq.

Shortly after WikiLeaks published the Afghan War Diaries, described by the New York Times as ‘a six-year archive of classified military documents [that] offers an unvarnished and grim picture of the Afghan war’, Iraq War Logs, Guantánamo Detainee Assessment Briefs and 250,000 US diplomatic cables.

In 2010 Julian Assange was 38 years old. Walter B Pitkin published a book in 1932 entitled ‘Life Begins at Forty’. Julian’s forties were consumed by seven years in the Ecuadorian Embassy and five years, two months in HMP Belmarsh.In the early hours of this morning, at the age of 52, a plea deal secured Mr Assange’s freedom after a five-year extradition battle. Today he is reunited with his wife and two young children. He will begin to rebuild his life.

Since September 2020, Corker Binning partner, Edward Grange, has been engaged by Mr Assange as part of his legal team. The case has taken many twists and turns, ups and downs, and has involved extensive travel, liaising with other members of the legal team across the world in seeking to secure his freedom. Edward was assisted throughout by Anna Rothwell, Of Counsel, a specialist in Extradition and International Criminal Law.

The conductor of the legal team was Gareth Peirce of Birnberg Peirce Solicitors, assisted by Niamh Quille.

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