Assange’s lawyer says he was offered US pardon for denying Russia hacking

Assange's lawyer says he was offered US pardon for denying Russia hacking

In London, Julian Assange’s lawyer Edward Fitzgerald told the court that his client was offered a deal by Trump – a pardon in exchange for a statement by the founder of Wikileaks that the “Russians” had nothing to do with the hacker attack on the servers of the Democratic Party committee.

The person who passed this offer to Assange was the then Republican Congressman, Deina Rorabaker. He visited London when Assange was still in the building of the Embassy of Ecuador.

The judge in charge of the extradition of Assange announced that she could attach a statement to the case.

Rohrabaker said that he never spoke with Trump about Assange, and that he came to London on his own initiative.

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham called Fitzgerald’s statement “completely false,” emphasizing that Trump had never discussed Assange’s case with Dana Rohrabacher.

If the court decides in favor of the extradition of Assange, in the USA he will have a new trial on charges of espionage.

If convicted, he faces 175 years in prison.

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