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Attorney Says Assange Won’t Agree to be Extradited Despite Chelsea Manning’s Commutation


As LawNewz reported last week, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange agreed to be extradited to the U.S. if Chelsea Manning were to receive clemency.

Now the world is wondering if he will live up to his word.  On Tuesday, President Barack Obama commuted the 35-year sentence of Chelsea Manning.  The former Army intelligence analyst was convicted of espionage and other related offenses for leaking military information to WikiLeaks. Instead of having to wait until 2045 to be released, Manning’s prison term will now end on May 17, 2017.

However, Barry Pollack, Assange’s attorney claims that the commutation of Manning’s sentence did not meet the conditions of his offer.  According to the Hill, Pollack stated that “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 … Mr. Assange had called for Chelsea Manning to receive clemency and be released immediately.”

Assange has reportedly been residing at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the last few years.  Although Assange is facing sexual assault charges in Sweden, he has not been officially charged with any criminal offenses in the U.S. although some believe he would open himself up to possible U.S. espionage charges should he return to the United States.

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