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Assange “Stands By” Extradition Offer; Promises “Big Publishing Year” In 2017

from Zero Hedge:

“I stand by everything I said including the offer to go to the United States if Chelsea Manning’s sentence was commuted.  We look forward to having a conversation with the DoJ [Department of Justice] about what the correct way forward is.”

Just yesterday we noted that Julian Assange and his lawyers were seemingly shying away from an offer they previously made to the Obama administration whereby Assange agreed to U.S. extradition in return for clemency for Chelsea Manning (see “Assange’s Lawyer Provides An “Out”: Says Conditions Not Met For Extradition Deal“).

While initial tweets from WikiLeaks implied that the extradition deal was still on, a follow-up from Assange’s U.S. attorney seemed to declare a technical breach of “contract.”

“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,” said Barry Pollack, Assange’s United State’s attorney.

 

“Mr. Assange had called for Chelsea Manning to receive clemency and be released immediately.”

That said, on a live press conference held earlier today on periscope, Assange once again confirmed that he “stands by everything I said including the offer to go to the United States if Chelsea Manning’s sentence was commuted.”

We look forward to having a conversation with the DoJ [Department of Justice] about what the correct way forward is.”

 

“I’ve always been willing to go to the United States provided my rights are respectedbecause this is a case that should never have occurred.”

The full press conference can be viewed here:

Read More @ ZeroHedge.com

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