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Julian Assange Allegedly Offered Pardon for Denying Russian Hacking

A lawyer for Julian Assange spoke in court on Wednesday, claiming a former Republican congressman offered the WikiLeaks founder a presidential pardon. This clemency was to be in exchange for denying Russian involvement in the 2016 Democratic National Committee email hack.

Assange’s lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald, declared in the Westminster Magistrates' Court on Feb. 19 that former congressman Dana Rohrabacher of California's 48th district had spoken to his client on behalf of the U.S. President.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

The congressman offered to arrange a presidential pardon from Trump if he would “play ball” by publicly stating the Russians were not involved in the DNC hack. Rohrabacher has admitted to visiting and speaking with Assange at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

The WikiLeaks founder had been granted asylum and citizenship with Ecuador, but both were withdrawn on April 11th, 2019. He was subsequently arrested by British authorities and is awaiting an extradition hearing to be tried in the United States. Read More