Did Trump offer Assange a pardon? White House denied


The White House and former UN Special Rapporteur Alfred de Zayas have commented on reports of the alleged pardon US President Donald Trump is said to have proposed to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Whistleblower lawyer Edward Fitzgerald told Westminster Magistrates ’Court that the US President sent a visit to Assange in 2017 to former Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher offered him pardon under certain conditions.
The WikiLeaks founder was asked to testify that the Russians were not involved in the publication of emails from the then democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.

White House speaks of “total falsification”

The President’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, rejected Fitzgerald’s claim. Donald Trump hardly knows Rohrabacher and never spoke to him about Assange.

“This is a total falsification and total lie,” said the spokeswoman.

She suspects this “absolute lie” is from the United States Democratic Party. The president discussed with Rohrabacher “almost no topic ever”.

Rohrabacher partially rejects Fitzgerald’s report

Rohrabacher also said that he never spoke to Trump about Assange. He acted on his own initiative when he suggested that the whistleblower ask the president to pardon Assange. The whistleblower was supposed to reveal where he got the emails from.

Ex-UN Special Rapporteur: Assange committed no crime

Former UN special rapporteur Alfred de Zayas pointed out that Assange himself claimed that the source of the emails was not the Russian government. In addition, de Zayas doubted that one should speak of a “pardon” in the Assange case.

“I don’t like the talks about a ‘pardon’ because that implies there was a lawsuit and a guilty verdict there. I don’t think Assange committed a crime, ” cited Sputnik International de Zayas.

The WikiLeaks founder was “victim of arbitrariness, irregularities” and “abuse of the judicial systems in the USA, Great Britain, Sweden and Ecuador”.

“He is the victim of many crimes, including psychological torture, as Professor Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, has found.”

The Assange case

WikiLeaks, the founder of the disclosure platform, Julian Assange, published secret US documents in 2010 regarding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, including the killing of civilians during military operations and the conditions of detention at the Guantanamo prison in Cuba.

In the same year, two women reported assange in Sweden for rape and sexual abuse. He has always denied the allegations. In 2012, he fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London fearing that Sweden could extradite him to the United States. He was arrested on April 11, 2019 after Ecuador deprived him of political asylum.

A London court sentenced the 48-year-old to 50 weeks’ imprisonment for breaching bail conditions.

The US authorities filed new charges against the investigator in late May for violating the anti-espionage law and disclosing secret documents. In the case of its extradition to the USA, the WikiLeaks founder can 175 Years in prison. The whistleblower’s delivery hearing will take place on February 25, 2020 in front of the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London.

Allegations of election interference

After the 2016 US presidential election, Russia was accused of interference. Moscow has repeatedly rejected the allegations. According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskow, they were “absolutely unfounded”. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov again said that no evidence has been provided so far.

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