WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has agreed to be extradited to the United States…, if Obama grants clemency to former U.S. Army soldier Chelsea Manning.
“If Obama grants Manning clemency, Assange will agree to U.S. extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case,” read a WikiLeaks tweet posted Thursday.
If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case https://t.co/MZU30SlfGK
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 12, 2017
Manning is currently serving a 35-year sentence at the military base in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for leaking more than 700,000 classified or unclassified-but-sensitive military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks.
Assange has been living in asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over an allegation of rape.
Edward Snowden, a whistleblower and former NSA contractor, has also called on Obama to grant clemency to Manning before he leaves office.
“Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency as you exit the White House, please: free Chelsea Manning. You alone can save her life,” Snowden said in a tweet.
Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency as you exit the White House, please: free Chelsea Manning. You alone can save her life.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) January 11, 2017
According to Daily Mail, Manning has attempted suicide twice in prison and even went on a hunger strike last year in an attempt to get officials to allow her to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
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