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UK: Assange offered 'win-win deal' by Trump in exchange for email leak source, court hears01:50

UK: Assange offered 'win-win deal' by Trump in exchange for email leak source, court hears

United Kingdom, London
September 18, 2020 at 14:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was reportedly offered a pardon by the US President Donald Trump administration in 2017 if he were to provide the sources for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee emails before the 2016 US presidential election.

Assange lawyer Jennifer Robinson disclosed the 'win-win deal' at Old Bailey in London on Friday saying the offer was presented to her in 2017 after she attended a meeting with Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Trump associate Charles Johnson at the Ecuadorian embassy on August 15 of that year.

Assange's father John Shipton and Robinson were captured entering the court premises.

Back in February, Rohrabacher denied claims he was acting on behalf of Trump saying he had instead told Assange if he disclosed the source of DNC email leaks, he would ask the president to pardon him. The White House also dismissed the claims, calling them lies and fabrications.

Assange has been behind bars in Belmarsh Prison since he was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in April 2019. He faces multiple charges in the US related to espionage.

UK: Assange offered 'win-win deal' by Trump in exchange for email leak source, court hears01:50
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WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was reportedly offered a pardon by the US President Donald Trump administration in 2017 if he were to provide the sources for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee emails before the 2016 US presidential election.

Assange lawyer Jennifer Robinson disclosed the 'win-win deal' at Old Bailey in London on Friday saying the offer was presented to her in 2017 after she attended a meeting with Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Trump associate Charles Johnson at the Ecuadorian embassy on August 15 of that year.

Assange's father John Shipton and Robinson were captured entering the court premises.

Back in February, Rohrabacher denied claims he was acting on behalf of Trump saying he had instead told Assange if he disclosed the source of DNC email leaks, he would ask the president to pardon him. The White House also dismissed the claims, calling them lies and fabrications.

Assange has been behind bars in Belmarsh Prison since he was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in April 2019. He faces multiple charges in the US related to espionage.

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