Trump offered Assange pardon in return for Wikileaks sources
London, Sep 18 (Prensa Latina) A politician close to US President Donald Trump offered pardon to Julian Assange in 2017 in return for revealing the source for Democratic National Committee emails leak, a Wikileaks founder's lawyer assured on Friday.
The assertion was made by the Australian lawyer Jennifer Robinson, who appeared on Friday as a witness to the London Criminal Court that decides the extradition of Assange to the United States.
According to Robinson's testimony, she was present at a meeting that took place in August 2017 at the Ecuadorian embassy in London among the Australian journalist, the then Republican congressperson Dana Rohrabacher and Charles Johnson, a Trump ally.
In that encounter, the witness set out, both visitors said they had Trump's approval to offer him a deal, and that they planned to meet with the US president once they returned to Washington.
The proposal put forward by Congressperson Rohrabacher was that Assange identify the source for the 2016 election leaks in return for some form of pardon, guarantee or deal that would benefit President Trump politically, and avoid an indictment and extradition, Robinson detailed.
The alleged pardon offer came to light for the first time in February during an administrative hearing of the case against the founder of Wilileaks, but at the time the now former US congressperson denied having made it on the instructions of the US president, while the White House described it as a total lie.
'After the bid was rejected, we saw, of course, how the US government's efforts to persecute Assange increased, resulting in our being here in this court today fighting against his extradition,' the reporter ensured.
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