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Will Assange now be extradited to the US?

Asked by Cruiser (40421points) January 17th, 2017

Last week Julian Assange said he would agree to be extradited to the US if Obama agreed to pardon Chelsea Manning. Well today Obama did just that. Will the mastermind behind the release of Clinton emails during the Presidential election finally be held accountable for his actions? Do you even care?

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chyna's avatar

I care. I think he should be extradited. He said if Chelsea was pardoned, he would agree. Well, put your money where your mouth is dude. Get yourself back here and face your consequences.

BellaB's avatar

I sure hope so. It would certainly be a tiny step toward changing my opinion of Assange.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I hadn’t seen that (what Assange said). But I won’t be a bit surprised in Assange tries to weasel his way out of what he said.

I have no real animus against Assange for leaking the stuff 5 years ago. I have great dislike for his role in the US elections in 2016.

He seems to be a general slimeball.

BellaB's avatar

An Australian journalist buddy of mine wrote about him years ago. Assange seems to have been truly odd from just about day one.

ucme's avatar

Trump won’t stand for that, golden shower…wiki – leaks

rojo's avatar

Why would Assange be extradited to the US? I thought it was Norway that wanted his ass?

Cruiser's avatar

@rojo Perhaps that is why Julian wants to be in the US over Norway. Plus Obama now has given the US the reputation of pardoning people involved with leaking Government secrets.

zenvelo's avatar

It is Sweden that has a charge outstanding against him, for rape. The other charges against him aged out by statute of limitations. I think Sweden has right of first prosecution if he walks out o the Ecuadorian embassy.

Cruiser's avatar

@zenvelo IF the US can swoop in to Bin Laden’s compound, crash a helicopter in the process and somehow surprise BL and double tap him…I hold high hope that we can swoop Assange out of the clutches of Sweden. Sweden with Obama at their side can continue shake a finger at Assange all they want.

gorillapaws's avatar

@elbanditoroso “I have no real animus against Assange for leaking the stuff 5 years ago. I have great dislike for his role in the US elections in 2016.”

There wouldn’t be anything to leak if Clinton, her team and the DNC weren’t so fucking corrupt. He did a service to Democrats by shining a light on how corrupt the party had become. I only wish he’d been able to release it sooner so the primaries could have gone the other way.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Chelsea Manning wasn’t pardoned.

chyna's avatar

^You are correct. Her sentence was commuted. So that relieves Assange of his promise to turn himself in if Chelsea was pardoned.

zenvelo's avatar

There seems to be a bit of dispute over exactly what Assange stated. One source says “pardoned”, one says “clemency”, another says “commuted”.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Well let’s not forget that it was a pardon after some 7 years of incarceration. Have you seen those pictures? As far as I’m concerned, no punishment can match the resulting horrors from her “makeover”

zenvelo's avatar

@stanleybmanly She wasn’t pardoned. Her sentence was commuted.

chyna's avatar

@stanleybmanly. She doesn’t have the money or resources that Caitlyn Jenner has to look good.

Cruiser's avatar

Assange’s lawyer is echoing the distinctions made by Jellies above…

“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,” said Barry Pollack, Assange’s U.S.-based attorney, via email”

“Mr. Assange had called for Chelsea Manning to receive clemency and be released immediately.”

elbanditoroso's avatar

As I expect, Assange is going to try and squeeze out of it. The rest is bullshit.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Meh, there’s a big difference between a pardon and a commuted sentence.

A felony wrecks your job prospects and your right to vote. A proven criminal like Ollie North doesn’t have that problem because he was pardoned.

So it’s not unreasonable to say Assange’s terms weren’t met.

I’m not advocating for or against Assange. I don’t care either way. I’m just commenting on facts.

zenvelo's avatar

@Call_Me_Jay North wasn’t pardoned. His conviction was overturned on a technicality.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

@zenvelo I stand corrected, thank you

BellaB's avatar

And Assange runs… true to form.

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