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'I don't pay a lot of attention to Mr. Assange's tweets,' President Obama said during his final press conference.
Is Julian Assange coming to the US? Probably not.
"I don't pay a lot of attention to Mr. Assange's tweets, so that wasn't a consideration" in deciding to commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning, President Obama said today during his final press conference in office.
Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual misconduct charges. In January, WikiLeaks—the site he founded—tweeted that "If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case."
On Tuesday, President Obama did just that, commuting Manning's sentence to time served. She will be released in May after serving seven years in a military prison. She was sentenced to 35 years in 2013 for stealing documents from a classified Defense Department network and submitting them to WikiLeaks, which published the information.
Today, Obama defended the decision, arguing that Manning served her time.
"The notion that the average person who was thinking about disclosing vital classified information would think that it goes unpunished... I don't think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served," the president said. "It has been my view that given she went to trial, that due process was carried out, that she took responsibility for her crime, that the sentence that she received was very disproportionate relative to what other leakers had received and that she had served a significant amount of time, that it made sense to commute and not pardon her sentence.
"I feel very comfortable that justice has been served," Obama added.
As for Assange, it does not look like the president will use his remaining time in office to get on the line with the exiled WikiLeaks founder. "I refer you to the Department of Justice" on that issue, he said today.
The DOJ has been investigating WikiLeaks over Iraq War data dumps.
For his part, Assange no longer appears ready to jump on a plane to the US:
Assange is still happy to come to the US provided all his rights are guarenteed despite White House now saying Manning was not quid-quo-pro.— WikiLeaks (@WikiLeaks) January 18, 2017
Assange's lawyer tells The Telegraph that Assange wanted the president to grant Manning clemency and release her immediately rather than commuting the sentence and releasing her in May.
As The Telegraph notes, the US has not requested extradition, but Assange believes it could happen if he makes his way to Sweden.
It also published mails from the account of John Podesta, chairman of Clinton’s campaign. U.S. government officials including from the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have pointed a finger to Russia for orchestrating the leaks, though WikiLeaks has said it does not collaborate with states in the publication of documents. Last week, WikiLeaks had tweeted that if “Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case.” On Tuesday, WikiLeaks tweeted that Assange was confident of winning any fair trial in the US. “Obama’s DoJ prevented public interest defense & fair jury,” it added.
The new administration of President-elect Donald Trump takes charge on Friday. WikiLeaks also quoted Assange’s counsel Melinda Taylor as saying that Assange is standing by everything that he has said on the “Assange-Manning extradition ‘deal’.” Assange is holed in the embassy in London of the government of Ecuador as U.K. police say they will arrest him if he comes out, to meet an extradition request from Sweden where he is wanted for questioning in a sexual assault investigation. His supporters have expressed concern that if he he is sent to Sweden he could be extradited from there to the U.S. to face espionage charges. A wrinkle is that WikiLeaks claims it does not know of an extradition request sent by the U.S.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Taylor wrote that “US authories consistently affirmed is ongoing national security prosecution against him, but refused 2 affirm/deny sent extradition request.” She added that the U.K. also refuses “to affirm or deny that they have received an extradition request -not the same thing as there being no extradition request.” Government officials in both countries could not be immediately reached for comment after business hours. In a letter to Loretta E. Lynch, U.S.
Attorney General, Assange’s lawyer in the U.S., Barry J. Pollack, wrote in August that although the Department of Justice had publicly confirmed through court documents and statements to the press that it was conducting an on-going criminal investigation of Assange, the department did not provide him substantive information on the status of the investigation.
The letter was published online by WikiLeaks. The pending investigation into Assange, mentions of which are said to have been made in court documents in the Manning case, is plainly based on his news gathering and reporting activities, Pollack wrote.
Its intention was not to aid U.S. enemies or obstruct justice but to inform people about “matters of great public interest,” he added. In a statement on Obama’s decision to commute Manning’s sentence, Assange said that “in order for democracy and the rule of law to thrive, the Government should immediately end its war on whistleblowers and publishers” such as WikiLeaks and himself.
The statement did not refer to his promise to face extradition to the U.S. “Mr.
Assange should not be the target of any criminal investigation.
I would welcome the opportunity to discuss with the DOJ the status of its investigation, any request it wants to make for extradition, and its basis for such a request,” Pollack wrote in an email late Tuesday.