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Lawyer: Assange was offered US pardon if he cleared Russia

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Lawyer: Assange was offered US pardon if he cleared Russia


LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange plans to claim during an extradition hearing that the Trump administration offered him a pardon if he agreed to say Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, a lawyer for Assange said Wednesday.

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 a preliminary hearing held in London, lawyer Edward Fitzgerald said now-former Republican congressman, Dana Rohrabacher, visited Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in August 2017.

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FYI...the "offer" was made by Dana Rohrabacher (former Congressman from CA) in August 2017.  He admits to telling Assange he would get Trump to give him a pardon if he turned over information proving the Russians had not been the source of the DNC emails published by WikiLeaks.  According to Rohrabacher's words; “I spoke to Julian Assange and told him if he would provide evidence about who gave WikiLeaks the emails I would petition the president to give him a pardon,”   He also said he never spoke with Trump.


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