Now Trump is President Elect, Assange Offers Himself in Exchange For Manning Clemency
Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, took to Twitter to announce that he would be willing to surrender to extradition if President Obama “grants Manning clemency”.
Assange is referring to Chelsea Manning who is currently serving 35 years in a military jail for leaking an excess of 700,000 classified documents on military operations and diplomatic cables to Wikileaks.
Manning’s future is bleak, considering she has attempted suicide twice and is in observation; as well as she transgender alteration from male to female while incarcerated.
Interestingly, Assange’s offer came just 48 hours after Edward Snowden tweeted: “Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency as you exit the White House, please: free Chelsea Manning. You alone can save her life.”
And prior to that, more than 100,000 had signed a petition on WhiteHouse.gov, asking the president to pardon Manning before he leaves office on the 20th of this month.
Assange’s offer seems selfless on the surface, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Assange was expected to ask president elect Donald Trump to drop the US criminal investigation into him as a way of dodging the jail time he would receive.
Jennifer Robinson, attorney for Assange, told the media that it is their hope Trump would reverse President Obama’s stance on classified information and materials. Robinson claims that the investigation into her client should be closed “on the grounds it violates the first amendment and places a chill on freedom of speech and reporting.”
This is no surprise consider that Assange was integral to the election win of Trump through documents provided to him by the Russian government. In fact, Moscow directly provided information and was “directly responsible for the leaks that cast a negative shadow over democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
And thanks to his help getting the emails Russia hacked out to the public, Trump will enjoy the benefits of being a US president. For his trouble, Assange is also hoping, not only for a pardon, but for assistance in getting out of charges of rape and molestation.
Since 2010, Assange has been hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy, evading allegations of sexual deviancy and assault while maintaining his innocence.
If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case https://t.co/MZU30SlfGK
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 12, 2017