Trump associates offered Assange a 'win-win' pardon, lawyer says

Court drawing of Julian Assange

Court drawing of Julian Assange

Robinson said Assange received a deal offer on August 15, 2017, during a meeting with former Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher and Trump associate Charles Johnson.

In that encounter, the witness set out, both visitors said they had Trump's approval to offer him a deal, and that they planned to meet with the U.S. president once they returned to Washington.

James Lewis, a prosecutor representing the USA government in the extradition proceedings, reportedly did not dispute the congressman made the claims. American prosecutors have indicted the 49-year-old Australian on 18 espionage and computer misuse charges over the WikiLeaks publication of secret USA military documents a decade ago.

Russian Federation denied meddling and Trump has denied any campaign collusion with Moscow.

Ms. Robinson said Mr.

American prosecutors said this week that former Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) offered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a pardon from President Donald Trump if he agreed to help cover up Russia's role in interfering in the 2016 presidential election.

Assange's lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, has claimed to be present in the room when an ally of Trump offered to arrange for a pardon of Assange in return for information that would "benefit President Trump politically".

In the run-up to the 2016 election, WikiLeaks published the hacked emails that are believed to have damaged Clinton's campaign for the presidency.

Shenkman also said in a written witness statement the Trump administration "has prosecuted disclosures of national security information more aggressively than any presidency in U.S. history".

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WikiLeaks published those emails, and Trump repeatedly referred to them in the campaign's final stretch.

'The meeting was concluded on the basis that Congressman Rohrabacher would return to have a direct conversation with President Trump about exactly what would be done to prevent Mr Assange's indictment and extradition'.

Mr James Lewis, a lawyer for the U.S., told the court that "the position of the government is we don't contest these things were said".

"We obviously do not accept the truth of what was said by others", he said.

The alleged offer of a pardon is one the key arguments Assange is using in a London courtroom to fight extradition to the USA to face criminal charges.

Mr Assange faces up to 175 years in prison if he is convicted on all of the charges in the US.

Assange is fighting the US extradition request, arguing that the Trump administration has brought charges against him for political reasons. They also argue that Assange was acting as a journalist entitled to First Amendment protection. He had been granted asylum by Ecuador in 2012 over fears he would face possible extradition to the USA related to his work with WikiLeaks.

Assange, who has been embroiled in legal battles for 10 years, has been in a British prison since he was ejected from his refuge at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in April 2019.

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