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Trump offered to pardon Wikileaks' Assange if he co-operated over email leak, UK court hears
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces up to 5 years in prison
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LONDON - President Donald Trump allegedly offered to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he said that Russia had nothing to do with WikiLeaks’ publication of Democratic Party emails in 2016, a London court heard on Wednesday.
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Assange appeared by videolink from prison as lawyers discussed the management of his hearing next week to decide whether he should be extradited to the United States. 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.
At Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Assange’s lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, referred to a statement by former California Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher who had visited Assange in 2017 at the Ecuadorian Embassy, saying that he had been sent by the president to offer a pardon.
Fitzgerald said a statement from another Assange lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, recounted "Mr. Rohrabacher going to see Mr. Assange and saying, on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr. Assange … said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC leaks.”
The pardon would have come on the condition that Assange saying the Russians were not involved in the email leak which hurt Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016, according to Rohrabacher’s statement.