Assange’s lawyer says Trump offered deal to avoid extradition

Assange’s lawyer says Trump offered deal to avoid extradition

London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s lawyer tells London The court said its client was indirectly offered a “win-win” deal by President Donald Trump, who extradited him from the US on disclosure of the source of documents leak from the Democratic Party before the 2016 election Will have to be avoided.
Assange, who did not reveal the source of the Democratic National Committee’s email leaks, is fighting his extradition efforts by the US to face charges related to his work at WikiLeaks.
Jennifer Robinson, who has represented WikiLeaks for a decade, said in court on Friday through a written statement that her client was in a meeting with former Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Trump aide Charles Johnson on August 15, 2017 The offer was made
In his statement read in London’s Criminal Court, Robinson said that the pair “ believe we wish they were acting on behalf of the president ” and that Trump was “ aware of and He was approved to come to meet with Assange to discuss the proposal. He also said that the pair said they would have audience talk with the president upon his return to Washington.
Robinson said Rohrabacher had said that he had come to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to speak for asylum, “ what could be needed to get him out, ” presenting him with a ‘win-win situation’. . He would reunite with the embassy and “ his life without fear of extraditing him to America.
The motion was submitted by Congressman Rohrabacher that Assange identified the source of the 2016 election publications in exchange for some sort of pardon, assurance, or agreement that would benefit President Trump politically and prevent US prosecution and deletion. , ‘Said Robinson. According to Robinson, any information about the source of the link would be of “ interest, value and assistance ” according to Trump.
Robinson said Rohrabacher explained at the meeting that he wanted to resolve ongoing speculation about Russian involvement in the leak. Russia has been widely blamed for email theft. At the time of the meeting, Special Counsel Robert Muller was investigating alleged links between Russia and Trump’s 2016 election campaign.
Assange did not disclose the source of the leaking of emails from the Democratic National Committee for elections in 2016, published by WikiLeaks. He is believed to harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign against Trump.
Rohbacher, who lost his seat in the 2018 midterm elections, previously stated that he never spoke with Trump about Assange and was not directed by the president or by anyone else associated with him to meet Assange.
James Lewis, a lawyer on behalf of the US government, said that this was not what he said.
“ We obviously do not accept the truth of what others have said, ” he said.
US prosecutors have convicted 49-year-old Assange on 17 espionage charges, and one of computer misuse, over WikiLeaks publication of secret US military documents a decade ago, largely due to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq a decade ago. about. The charges carry a maximum jail term of 175 years.
Assange’s lawyers say the prosecution is politically motivated and will not conduct a fair trial in the United States. He also argues that Assange was working as a journalist entitled First Amendment Protection.
Assange has been in a British prison since his rejection from the Ecuadorian Embassy of London in April 2019. He was granted asylum by Ecuador in 2012, fearing that he would face extradition to America’s WikiLeaks related to his work.
The extradition hearing is scheduled to begin in early October.

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