WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Returns To Australia A Free Man After US Legal Battle Ends

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has returned to his homeland Australia aboard a charter jet hours after pleading guilty to obtaining and publishing U.S. military secrets.

Assange raised his right fist as he emerged for the plane and his supporters at the Canberra airport cheered from a distance.

The deal with the Justice Department concludes a drawn-out legal saga.

It came to a surprise end in a most unusual setting with Assange entering his plea in a U.S. district court in Saipan, the capital of the Northern Mariana Islands, on Wednesday.

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