Wikileaks’ Julian Assange Agrees to Extradition If U.S. Pardons Bradley Manning

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, pictured on February 5, 2016 on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy

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.”

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.

Just last week, Manning was granted gender reassignment surgery by the US Army after going on a hunger strike, as well as a failed suicide attempt earlier in the year.

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.

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