Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has announced that he would agree to extradition to the United States if President Obama pardons Bradley Manning.
In a short message on Wikileaks’s Twitter account, the organisation said that “If Obama grants Manning clemency, Assange will agree to US prison in exchange – despite its clear unlawfulness.”
If Obama grants Manning clemency, Assange will agree to US prison in exchange — despite its clear unlawfulness https://t.co/MZU30S3Eia
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) September 15, 2016
Assange is currently wanted by Swedish authorities to face charges for an allegation of sexual assault which would likely lead to his extradition to the US over espionage charges.
Manning, a former US soldier who provided Wikileaks with over classified 750,000 documents which he called his “War Diaries,” was jailed in 2013 for 35 years in a maximum security prison.
Assange, meanwhile, is still claiming asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and continues his work with Wikileaks, which in July released 19,000 leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee, which revealed the Committee’s tactics in attempting to derail Bernie Sanders’ campaign in order to ensure that Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination.
He has previously pledged to release “a lot more” leaked information on Hillary Clinton, with Assange indicating last week that he was planning to release over 100,000 documents related to Hillary Clinton in the coming weeks.