Julian Assange Agrees To Extradition If Obama Releases Chelsea Manning
On Thursday, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange wrote on Twitter that he agreed to be extradited to the United States if President Barack Obama releases whistleblower Chelsea Manning before he leaves office.
“If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ (US Department of Justice) case,” WikiLeaks tweeted.
Assange has been living in the Ecuadoran embassy in London in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden where he faces sexual assault allegations. Assange says that he is afraid that if he returns to Sweden, the Swedish government would extradite him back to the U.S..
Manning, a former U.S. soldier in jail for leaking about 700,000 of classified and unclassified documents to Wikileaks, is serving a 35-year sentence in solitary confinement. Since the sentencing, Manning has announced that he is a transgendered individual who is transitioning into a woman and wants to be referred to as Chelsea, not Bradley. Manning has also attempted to commit suicide twice while imprisoned.