Assange extradition – not

The Hill: Assange lawyer: Manning commutation doesn’t meet extradition offer’s conditions

The attorney for Julian Assange said President Obama’s commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence does not meet the conditions of the WikiLeaks head’s offer to be extradited to the United States if Manning were pardoned.

Obama on Tuesday commuted Manning’s sentence for leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, leading many to wonder whether that meant Assange was ready to surrender to the Department of Justice.

“Mr. Assange welcomes the announcement that Ms. Manning’s sentence will be reduced and she will be released in May, but this is well short of what he sought,” said Barry Pollack, Assange’s U.S.-based attorney, via email.

“Mr. Assange had called for Chelsea Manning to receive clemency and be released immediately.”

Assange has not been publicly charged with a crime in the United States, but his legal team believes he may be charged “under seal,” where charges are kept secret to prevent a suspect from preparing an escape.

Assange first offered in September to trade extradition to the U.S. for a pardon for Manning. He reiterated the claim as recently as last week on Twitter.

“If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case,” tweeted WikiLeaks’s official account on Thursday.

I doubt this will surprise many people.

 

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11 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  19th January 2017

    Mr Assange might perhaps be suffering from a vitamin B deficiency but he does not suffer from stupidity.

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    • Gezza

       /  19th January 2017

      (possibly I’m experiencing a temporary bout though, I meant vitamin D) 😳

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    • Zedd

       /  19th January 2017

      He is more likely, suffering extreme ‘cabin fever’.. stuck in a glorified prison for years !

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      • Missy

         /  20th January 2017

        If it is a prison it is one of his own making, he made the choice to dodge extradition to Sweden for questioning on the Sexual Assault allegation and hole up in the Ecuadorian Embassy.

        He wasn’t forced to go there – or to stay.

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  2. PDB

     /  19th January 2017

    Not one of his best moments…..

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  3. Brown

     /  19th January 2017

    Changing gender would help.

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  4. Missy

     /  20th January 2017

    His lawyer was interviewed on the radio yesterday, and the presenter asked her if it was difficult representing a client who couldn’t be trusted to keep his word. She had no answer but tried to fudge that he had kept his word, she said nothing when the presenter pointed out he had broken bail conditions after giving his word he wouldn’t. I just wish I had been able to see her face.

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    • Gezza

       /  20th January 2017

      You’re a hard woman Missy. Hard but fair. Keep some sunblock in your purse. It mght be Winter over there, but there’ll come a day – possibly two – when you’ll need it, sure enough. 💋

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  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  20th January 2017

    Seems that Assange’s lawyer was misleading the press…or Assange was misleading his lawyer…. ‘cos the song has changed overnight….

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jan/19/julian-assange-confirms-he-is-willing-to-travel-to-us-after-manning-decision

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