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WikiLeaks’ Assange pleads guilty to publishing US military secrets in deal that secures his freedom

2024-06-26 11:38 Last Updated At:11:41

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pleaded guilty to obtaining and publishing U.S. military secrets Wednesday in a deal with Justice Department prosecutors that secures his liberty and concludes a drawn-out legal saga that raised divisive questions about press freedom and national security.

The criminal case of international intrigue, which had played out for years in major world stages of Washington and London, came to a surprise end in a most unusual setting with Assange, 52, entering his plea in a U.S. district court in Saipan, the capital of the Northern Mariana Islands. The American commonwealth in the Pacific is relatively close to Assange's native Australia and accommodated his desire to avoid entering the continental United States.

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Officials outside the courthouse where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pleaded guilty to obtaining and publishing U.S. military secrets Wednesday in a deal with Justice Department prosecutors that secures his liberty and concludes a drawn-out legal saga that raised divisive questions about press freedom and national security.

The United States courthouse where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange expected to enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The United States courthouse where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange expected to enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pauses as he makes a statement to media gathered outside the High Court in London, on Dec. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pauses as he makes a statement to media gathered outside the High Court in London, on Dec. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Screen grab taken from the X account of Wikileaks of Julian Assange on board a flight to Bangkok, Thailand, following his release from prison on Tuesday June 25, 2024. WikiLeaks founder Assange has arrived in Saipan ahead of an expected guilty plea in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will set him free to return home to Australia. (@WikiLeaks, via AP)

Screen grab taken from the X account of Wikileaks of Julian Assange on board a flight to Bangkok, Thailand, following his release from prison on Tuesday June 25, 2024. WikiLeaks founder Assange has arrived in Saipan ahead of an expected guilty plea in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will set him free to return home to Australia. (@WikiLeaks, via AP)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, left, gestures as he talks to former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, left, gestures as he talks to former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Barry Pollack a lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the press outside the United States courthouse in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26, 2024, after Assange made a plea deal. Assange has pleaded guilty to obtaining and publishing U.S. military secrets in a deal with Justice Department prosecutors that secures his liberty and concludes a drawn-out legal saga that raised divisive questions about press freedom and national security. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Barry Pollack a lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the press outside the United States courthouse in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26, 2024, after Assange made a plea deal. Assange has pleaded guilty to obtaining and publishing U.S. military secrets in a deal with Justice Department prosecutors that secures his liberty and concludes a drawn-out legal saga that raised divisive questions about press freedom and national security. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, second left, leaves the federal court in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, second left, leaves the federal court in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves the federal court in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves the federal court in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, left, talks to Australian ambassador to the United States Kevin Rudd as he is brought to court to enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, left, talks to Australian ambassador to the United States Kevin Rudd as he is brought to court to enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right, arrives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right, arrives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right, arrives and goes through security at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right, arrives and goes through security at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right, arrives, surrounded by the the media, at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right, arrives, surrounded by the the media, at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, left, is escorted as he arrives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, left, is escorted as he arrives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, center, arrives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, center, arrives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

An security officer gestures to journalists who are waiting outside the United States courthouse where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

An security officer gestures to journalists who are waiting outside the United States courthouse where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, departs Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Nava Sangthong)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, departs Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Nava Sangthong)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, takes off from Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, takes off from Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, is seen parked in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, is seen parked in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, lands in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, lands in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, lands in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, lands in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

FILE - Protesters hold placards in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange outside the High Court in London, Monday, May 20, 2024. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

FILE - Protesters hold placards in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange outside the High Court in London, Monday, May 20, 2024. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

FILE - Buildings are reflected in the window as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is taken from court, where he appeared on charges, Wednesday May 1, 2019 of jumping British bail seven years ago, in London. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

FILE - Buildings are reflected in the window as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is taken from court, where he appeared on charges, Wednesday May 1, 2019 of jumping British bail seven years ago, in London. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen with his ankle security tag at the house where he is required to stay, near Bungay, England, Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen with his ankle security tag at the house where he is required to stay, near Bungay, England, Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

FILE - Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, May 19, 2017. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FILE - Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, May 19, 2017. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrivies at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London, Feb. 7, 2011. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, files)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrivies at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London, Feb. 7, 2011. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, files)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, Feb. 5, 2016. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, Feb. 5, 2016. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, lands in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, lands in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, lands in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, lands in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being taken from court, where he appeared on charges of jumping British bail seven years ago, in London, Wednesday May 1, 2019. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being taken from court, where he appeared on charges of jumping British bail seven years ago, in London, Wednesday May 1, 2019. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

The deal required the iconoclastic internet publisher to admit guilt to a single felony count but also permitted him to return to Australia without any time in an American prison. The judge sentenced him to the five years he'd already spent behind bars in the United Kingdom, fighting extradition to the United States on an Espionage Act indictment that could have carried a lengthy prison sentence in the event of a conviction. He was holed up for seven years before that in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

He smiled slightly as U.S. District Judge Ramona Manglona imposed the sentence, pronouncing him a “free man."

The conclusion enables both sides to claim a degree of satisfaction. The Justice Department, facing a defendant who had already served substantial jail time, was able to resolve — without trial — a case that raised thorny legal issues and that might never have reached a jury at all given the plodding pace of the extradition process. Assange, for his part, signaled a begrudging contentment with the resolution, saying in court that though he believed the Espionage Act contradicted the First Amendment, he accepted the consequences of soliciting classified information from sources for publication.

Jennifer Robinson, one of Assange’s lawyers, told reporters after the hearing that the case “sets a dangerous precedent that should be a concern to journalists everywhere.”

“It’s a huge relief to Julian Assange, to his family, to his friends, to his supporters and to us — to everyone who believes in free speech around the world — that he can now return home to Australia and be reunited with his family,” she said.

Assange arrived at court in a dark suit, with a tie loosened around the collar, after flying from Britain on a charter plane accompanied by members of his legal team and Australian officials, including the top Australian diplomat in the U.K.

Inside the courthouse, he answered basic questions from Manglona, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, and appeared to listen intently as terms of the deal were discussed.

He appeared upbeat and relaxed during the hearing, at times cracking jokes with the judge. While signing his plea agreement, he made a joke about the 9-hour time difference between the U.K. and Saipan. At another point, when the judge asked him whether he was satisfied with the plea conditions, Assange responded: “It might depend on the outcome,” sparking some laughter in the courtroom.

“So far, so good,” the judge responded.

The plea deal, disclosed Monday night in a sparsely detailed Justice Department letter, represents the latest — and presumably final — chapter in a court fight involving the eccentric Australian computer expert who has been celebrated by supporters as a transparency crusader but lambasted by national security hawks who insist that his conduct put lives at risks and strayed far beyond the bounds of traditional journalism duties.

The criminal case brought by the Trump administration Justice Department centers on the receipt and publication of hundreds of thousands of war logs and diplomatic cables that included details of U.S. military wrongdoing in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Prosecutors alleged that he teamed with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to obtain the records, including by conspiring to crack a Defense Department computer password, and published them without regard to American national security. Names of human sources who provided information to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan were among the details exposed, prosecutors have said.

But his activities drew an outpouring of support from press freedom advocates, who heralded his role in bringing to light military conduct that might otherwise have been concealed from view and warned of a chilling effect on journalists. Among the files published by WikiLeaks was a video of a 2007 Apache helicopter attack by American forces in Baghdad that killed 11 people, including two Reuters journalists.

The indictment was unsealed in 2019, but Assange’s legal woes long predated the criminal case and continued well past it.

Weeks after the release of the largest document cache in 2010, a Swedish prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for Assange based on one woman’s allegation of rape and another’s allegation of molestation. Assange has long maintained his innocence, and the investigation was later dropped.

He presented himself in 2012 to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he claimed asylum on the grounds of political persecution, and spent the following seven years in self-exile there, welcoming a parade of celebrity visitors and making periodic appearances from the building’s balcony to address supporters.

In 2019, his hosts revoked his asylum, allowing British police to arrest him. He remained locked up for the last five years while the Justice Department sought to extradite him, in a process that encountered skepticism from British judges who worried about how Assange would be treated by the U.S.

Ultimately, though, the resolution sparing Assange prison time in the U.S. contradicts years of ominous warnings by Assange and his supporters that the American criminal justice system would expose him to unduly harsh treatment, including potentially the death penalty — something prosecutors never sought.

Last month, Assange won the right to appeal an extradition order after his lawyers argued that the U.S. government provided “blatantly inadequate” assurances that he would have the same free speech protections as an American citizen if extradited from Britain.

His wife, Stella Assange, told the BBC from Australia that it had been “touch and go” over 72 hours whether the deal would go ahead but she felt “elated” at the news.

After the morning court hearing, Assange left Saipan by plane around midday headed for Australia, where relatives were waiting to be reunited with him.

Assange on Monday had left the London prison where he has spent the last five years after being granted bail during a secret hearing last week. The plane carrying him and Australian officials landed for refueling in Bangkok en route to Saipan. A video posted by WikiLeaks on the X platform showed Assange staring intently out the window at the blue sky as the plane headed toward the island.

“Imagine. From over 5 years in a small cell in a maximum security prison. Nearly 14 years detained in the U.K. To this,” WikiLeaks wrote.

Tucker reported from Fort Pierce, Florida, and Durkin Richer from Washington. Associated Press writers Colleen Long in Washington, Napat Kongsawad and David Rising in Bangkok, Jill Lawless and Brian Melley in London and Rod McGuirk in Melbourne, Australia, contributed to this report.

Officials outside the courthouse where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Officials outside the courthouse where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The United States courthouse where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange expected to enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The United States courthouse where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange expected to enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pauses as he makes a statement to media gathered outside the High Court in London, on Dec. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pauses as he makes a statement to media gathered outside the High Court in London, on Dec. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Screen grab taken from the X account of Wikileaks of Julian Assange on board a flight to Bangkok, Thailand, following his release from prison on Tuesday June 25, 2024. WikiLeaks founder Assange has arrived in Saipan ahead of an expected guilty plea in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will set him free to return home to Australia. (@WikiLeaks, via AP)

Screen grab taken from the X account of Wikileaks of Julian Assange on board a flight to Bangkok, Thailand, following his release from prison on Tuesday June 25, 2024. WikiLeaks founder Assange has arrived in Saipan ahead of an expected guilty plea in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will set him free to return home to Australia. (@WikiLeaks, via AP)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, left, gestures as he talks to former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, left, gestures as he talks to former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Barry Pollack a lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the press outside the United States courthouse in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26, 2024, after Assange made a plea deal. Assange has pleaded guilty to obtaining and publishing U.S. military secrets in a deal with Justice Department prosecutors that secures his liberty and concludes a drawn-out legal saga that raised divisive questions about press freedom and national security. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Barry Pollack a lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks to the press outside the United States courthouse in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26, 2024, after Assange made a plea deal. Assange has pleaded guilty to obtaining and publishing U.S. military secrets in a deal with Justice Department prosecutors that secures his liberty and concludes a drawn-out legal saga that raised divisive questions about press freedom and national security. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, second left, leaves the federal court in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, second left, leaves the federal court in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves the federal court in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves the federal court in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, left, talks to Australian ambassador to the United States Kevin Rudd as he is brought to court to enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, left, talks to Australian ambassador to the United States Kevin Rudd as he is brought to court to enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right, arrives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right, arrives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right, arrives and goes through security at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right, arrives and goes through security at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right, arrives, surrounded by the the media, at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, right, arrives, surrounded by the the media, at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, left, is escorted as he arrives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, left, is escorted as he arrives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, center, arrives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, center, arrives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

An security officer gestures to journalists who are waiting outside the United States courthouse where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

An security officer gestures to journalists who are waiting outside the United States courthouse where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arives at the United States courthouse where he is expected enter a plea deal, in Saipan, Mariana Islands, Wednesday, June 26 2024. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, departs Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Nava Sangthong)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, departs Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Nava Sangthong)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, takes off from Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, takes off from Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, is seen parked in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, is seen parked in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, lands in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, lands in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, lands in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, lands in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

FILE - Protesters hold placards in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange outside the High Court in London, Monday, May 20, 2024. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

FILE - Protesters hold placards in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange outside the High Court in London, Monday, May 20, 2024. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

FILE - Buildings are reflected in the window as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is taken from court, where he appeared on charges, Wednesday May 1, 2019 of jumping British bail seven years ago, in London. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

FILE - Buildings are reflected in the window as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is taken from court, where he appeared on charges, Wednesday May 1, 2019 of jumping British bail seven years ago, in London. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen with his ankle security tag at the house where he is required to stay, near Bungay, England, Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen with his ankle security tag at the house where he is required to stay, near Bungay, England, Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

FILE - Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, May 19, 2017. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FILE - Julian Assange speaks to the media outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, May 19, 2017. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrivies at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London, Feb. 7, 2011. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, files)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrivies at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in London, Feb. 7, 2011. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, files)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, Feb. 5, 2016. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

FILE - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, Feb. 5, 2016. Assange will plead guilty to a felony charge in a deal with the U.S. Justice Department that will free him from prison and resolve a long-running legal saga over the publication of a trove of classified documents. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, lands in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, lands in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The plane thought to be carrying WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, on his way to enter a plea deal in U.S. court, lands in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, June 25, 2024. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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Iglesias and Bader both homer twice to help surging Mets hold off Rockies, 7-6

2024-07-13 11:23 Last Updated At:11:31

NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Iglesias and Harrison Bader each hit two of New York's season-best five home runs, and the surging Mets held off the last-place Colorado Rockies 7-6 on Friday night.

Mark Vientos also went deep and drilled an RBI double as the Mets (48-45) improved to 4-0 on a six-game homestand against the struggling Nationals and Rockies leading into the All-Star break. New York has won six of seven overall, improving to 24-10 since it was 11 games under .500 on June 2.

“The ability to rebound is what this team has done extremely well,” Bader said. “It's just a hungry group, again, on all sides of the ball.”

New York's power parade had a giddy crowd of 28,852 buzzing and dancing at Citi Field, where the Mets play Iglesias' catchy hit song “OMG” after every home run.

His music video was added to the mix on the giant scoreboard Friday, too.

“I got totally surprised,” Iglesias said. “So it was pretty cool.”

Sean Manaea (6-3) threw 74 of his season-high 107 pitches for strikes over seven effective innings, striking out nine to win his third straight decision.

“For him to go seven, that tells us he's in a good spot not only physically but mentally,” manager Carlos Mendoza said.

Manaea left with a 7-3 lead, but New York’s shaky bullpen barely held on. Charlie Blackmon homered against Jake Diekman to start the eighth, and Brenton Doyle shaved it to 7-6 with a two-run shot off Phil Maton.

In between, Iglesias left his feet at third base to snare Elias Díaz’s 109.4 mph line drive, which got stuck in the webbing of his glove.

Edwin Díaz finally shut the door, working around consecutive two-out walks in a hitless ninth for his 10th save in 15 tries. With two runners aboard, he struck out Ezequiel Tovar to end it.

“That's what we love about our guys is they don’t quit,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “Good experience for all our guys. It was spirited, but in the end we just didn’t get it done.”

Brendan Rodgers also homered for Colorado, and Michael Toglia had a two-run shot.

“It was a good fight,” Rodgers said. “That’s a really good closer. We battled.”

Mendoza was ejected by plate umpire Jeremie Rehak after a frustrated Iglesias got called out on strikes in the seventh.

The 34-year-old Iglesias, a surprising sparkplug for the Mets since they called him up from the minors May 31, launched solo shots in the second and fifth for his first career multi-homer game.

Bader hit a solo drive in the second and a two-run shot in the fourth for his second multi-homer game. Both came off rookie Tanner Gordon (0-2), who gave up four longballs in his second big league start. The right-hander allowed six runs and eight hits in three-plus innings.

Vientos and Iglesias hit consecutive homers in the second, the fourth time the Mets have gone back-to-back this season. Bader's drive one batter later gave New York three home runs in an inning for the first time since July 1, 2023, against San Francisco.

“It's just a really flexible lineup,” Bader said. "I think we just feed off of the information that we see up there. We're very vocal in the dugout. Those are the best types of lineups. ... Production anywhere is great, but obviously having it at the bottom of your lineup I think is pretty cool.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: RHP Germán Márquez threw a bullpen session and is scheduled to start Sunday in his return from Tommy John surgery. Márquez hasn’t pitched in the majors since April 26, 2023. ... 1B/OF Kris Bryant (bruised left rib) took batting practice indoors and increased the intensity of his strength-and-conditioning workout. He is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment next Friday, right after the All-Star break. ... Blackmon returned to the lineup as the DH after missing three games with a sore right hamstring. ... LF Nolan Jones (back tightness) was scratched from the lineup and replaced by Sam Hilliard.

Mets: RHP Sean Reid-Foley (shoulder impingement) will throw a bullpen Saturday. ... RHP Shintaro Fujinami (shoulder strain) is scheduled to pitch in the minors again Sunday. “Maybe a couple more and then see where we're at,” Mendoza said.

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Still in search of his first major league win, Mets rookie RHP Christian Scott (0-2, 4.15 ERA) makes his eighth career start Saturday in the middle game of the series. RHP Ryan Feltner (1-8, 5.29) goes for the Rockies.

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Colorado Rockies' Tanner Gordon pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Colorado Rockies' Tanner Gordon pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Colorado Rockies' Peter Lambert pitches during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Colorado Rockies' Peter Lambert pitches during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Díaz, left, watches as New York Mets' Jose Iglesias celebrates after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Díaz, left, watches as New York Mets' Jose Iglesias celebrates after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Colorado Rockies pitcher Tanner Gordon, left, reacts as New York Mets' Mark Vientos runs the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Colorado Rockies pitcher Tanner Gordon, left, reacts as New York Mets' Mark Vientos runs the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Mark Vientos hits an RBI double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Mark Vientos hits an RBI double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Mark Vientos runs the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Mark Vientos runs the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak ejects New York Mets manager Carlos Mendoza during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak ejects New York Mets manager Carlos Mendoza during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets manager Carlos Mendoza (64) argues with home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak after Rehak ejected Mendoza during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets manager Carlos Mendoza (64) argues with home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak after Rehak ejected Mendoza during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Colorado Rockies' Brendan Rodgers runs the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Colorado Rockies' Brendan Rodgers runs the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Colorado Rockies' Brenton Doyle hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Colorado Rockies' Brenton Doyle hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Francisco Lindor (12) celebrates with Brandon Nimmo (9) after a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. The Mets won 7-6. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Francisco Lindor (12) celebrates with Brandon Nimmo (9) after a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. The Mets won 7-6. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets pitcher Edwin Díaz (39) celebrates after a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. The Mets won 7-6. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets pitcher Edwin Díaz (39) celebrates after a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. The Mets won 7-6. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Sean Manaea pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Sean Manaea pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Jose Iglesias, right, celebrates with Harrison Bader after Iglesias hit a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Jose Iglesias, right, celebrates with Harrison Bader after Iglesias hit a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Harrison Bader, right, poses for photos with Luis Severino after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Harrison Bader, right, poses for photos with Luis Severino after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Harrison Bader hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Harrison Bader hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Jose Iglesias celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Jose Iglesias celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Jose Iglesias hits a home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Jose Iglesias hits a home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Jose Iglesias gestures to teammates as he runs the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets' Jose Iglesias gestures to teammates as he runs the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 12, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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