If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case https://t.co/MZU30SlfGK
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 12, 2017
Let’s be honest, the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence is all about Barack Obama but if for some reason, Obama or Loretta Lynch thought for one moment that the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence would bring Wikileaks Founder, Julian Assange, to U. S. soil, both could not be more wrong.
According Assange’s attorney, conditions of the extradition pledge were not met.
WikiLeaks last week reiterated Assange’s offer to agree to be extradited to the United States in exchange for clemency for Manning. However, a lawyer for Assange based in the U.S. described the commutation as falling “well short” of the clemency requested by Assange.
“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,” Barry Pollack, Assange’s lawyer, told The Hill in an email. “Mr. Assange had called for Chelsea Manning to receive clemency and be released immediately”[…]
Assange is still happy to come to the US provided all his rights are guarenteed despite White House now saying Manning was not quid-quo-pro.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 18, 2017