Julian Assange’s wife Stella ‘elated’ he is set to be freed

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Julian Assange’s wife Stella said on Tuesday she was “elated” and it was “incredible” after her husband was set to be freed following a 14-year legal battle and five years spent in a London prison.

“I’m just elated,” she said, speaking from Australia, after he agreed a plea deal.

“He will be a free man once it has been signed off by the judge and that will happen sometime tomorrow.”

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Free speech organizations also welcomed news of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's release from jail in Britain but said the case had still set a bad precedent by punishing him for this long.

Assange is due to plead guilty on Wednesday to one charge of violating US espionage law, in a deal that will allow him to return home to Australia, ending a 14-year legal odyssey that could have landed him in jail for many decades.

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