If Julian Assange says that Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic party emails, president of the United States of America Donald Trump will pardon him, a court in London has been told.
This pretty extraordinary claim was made at Westminster magistrates court before the opening next week of Assange’s legal battle to block attempts to extradite him to the US.
Edward Fitzgerald, Assange’s barrister, referred to evidence that the ex-US Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher had been to see Assange, now 48, while he was still in the Ecuadorian embassy in August 2017.
A statement from Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson shows “Mr Rohrabacher going to see Mr Assange and saying, on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr Assange … said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC leaks”, Fitzgerald told Westminster magistrates court.
A series of emails that were highly embarrassing for the Democrats and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign were hacked before being published by WikiLeaks in 2016 and that helped Trump to seize victory and enter the White House.