WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to claim during an extradition hearing that the Trump administration offered him a pardon if he agreed to say Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, a lawyer for Assange said Wednesday. Assange is being held at a British prison while fighting extradition to the United States on spying charges. His full court hearing is due to begin next week.
Ecuador’s Foreign Minister José Valencia announced on Tuesday they will not intervene with the British government on behalf of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over his asylum in the country’s London embassy. Assange was granted asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012. Valencia said the matter of asylum must be ‘resolved between Assange and Great Britain.’
WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange’s, 7 year battle against a rape allegation has been dropped by Swedish prosecutors. Sweden’s director of public prosecution, Marianne Ny, said they “decided to discontinue the investigation” into a rape claim against Assange. Assange currently is under diplomatic protection but if he walks out, he still faces arrest and is in danger from being extradited to the United States to face charges of disclosing confidential military and diplomatic documents.