WikiLeaks made a bold offer last week , saying if President Barack Obama commuted classified data leaker Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange would let himself to be sent back to the United States to face charges for posting the information.
If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case https://t.co/MZU30SlfGK
With Tuesday’s announcement Obama had used his power as president to release Manning , a former army intelligence analyst, from prison as of May 17 – the offer will be put to the test.
Assange would face charges surrounding his organization’s acquisition of documents from Manning, who leaked the secret government documents to WikiLeaks. Manning is serving a 35-year prison term for the leak and has served nearly seven.
Assange: “Thank you to everyone who campaigned for Chelsea Manning’s clemency. Your courage & determination made the impossible possible. ”
WikiLeaks has not commented about Assange, who founded WikiLeaks in 2006.
In August, a lawyer for the group said in a letter to U. S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch “there is no legitimate basis for continuing the [Justice] Department’s lengthy criminal investigation of Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks” since it did not break any laws and provided a public good in informing people about important issues, Mashable reported.