ENTERTAINMENT

Donald Trump offered Julian Assange a "win-win" deal to avoid extradition


Donald Trump "offered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a win-win deal to avoid extradition to the US if he revealed the cause of the Democratic Party email hacking," the court heard

  • Jennifer Robinson, a lawyer from Assange, made a statement today at Old Bailey
  • She recalled meeting two Trump allies at the Ecuadorian embassy in 2017
  • She claimed they had touted a deal that would allow Assange "to get on with his life".
  • Assange is fighting extradition to the US after classified files leaked

Donald Trump offered Julian Assange a "win-win" deal to avoid extradition if he revealed the source of leaked Democratic Party emails, a court heard today.

Jennifer Robinson, one of the lawyers representing the founder of WikiLeaks, said Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Trump staffer Charles Johnson gave the president an opportunity to promote an agreement.

They said Assange, 49, would be left alone to "get on with his life" if he exposed the DNC hacking source, which Ms Robinson claimed was of "value" to Mr Trump.

Assange is fighting extradition to the US after hundreds of thousands of classified documents were lost in 2010 and 2011.

At his extradition hearing today at the Old Bailey, Ms. Robinson made a statement recalling meeting the couple on August 15, 2017 at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Assange was entrenched until he was expelled last year.

Julian Assange (pictured in April 2019) is fighting extradition to the United States after hundreds of thousands of classified information were leaked in 2010 and 2011

Donald Trump (pictured yesterday during a rally in Wisconsin) offered Julian Assange a "win-win" deal to avoid extradition if he disclosed the source of leaked Democratic Party emails, a court heard today

Donald Trump (pictured yesterday during a rally in Wisconsin) offered Julian Assange a "win-win" deal to avoid extradition if he disclosed the source of leaked Democratic Party emails, a court heard today

Jennifer Robinson, one of the lawyers representing Assange, made a statement to the Old Bailey today (pictured last week).

Jennifer Robinson, one of the lawyers representing Assange, made a statement to the Old Bailey today (pictured last week).

She said: "They stated that President Trump knew and agreed that they would meet with Mr. Assange to discuss a proposal – and that they would have an audience with the President to deal with the matter on their return to Washington DC discuss.

Congressman Rohrabacher said he wanted to resolve the ongoing speculation about Russia's participation in the National Democratic Committee in WikiLeaks, published in 2016 by WikiLeaks and other media organizations.

He stated that he considered the ongoing speculation detrimental to US-Russian relations, that it would revive Cold War politics, and that it would be in the best interests of the US if the matter could be resolved.

"He and Mr. Johnson also stated that any information from Mr. Assange about the source of the DNC leaks would be of interest, value and support to Mr. Trump."

Ms. Robinson said Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (pictured) and Trump employee Charles Johnson gave the president the opportunity to promote an agreement

Ms. Robinson said Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (pictured) and Trump employee Charles Johnson gave the president the opportunity to promote an agreement

Ms. Robinson said Mr. Rohrabacher had come to London to speak to Assange about "what might be needed to get him out" and presented him with a "win-win" situation that would allow him to get the message across to leave and "carry on" his life without fear of extradition to the USA.

She said: "Congressman Rohrabacher's proposal was that Mr. Assange identify the source for the 2016 election publications in exchange for a pardon, pledge, or agreement that would both benefit President Trump politically and prevent the indictment and extradition of the United States.

"The meeting closed on the basis that Congressman Rohrabacher would return to have a face-to-face conversation with President Trump about what exactly would be done to prevent Mr. Assange from being indicted and extradited."

The lawyer added that Assange did not provide a source of information.

James Lewis QC for the US Government said, “The government's position is that we do not deny these things have been said. We obviously do not accept the truth of what others have said. & # 39;

He faces 18 charges – including a conspiracy to hack computers and a conspiracy to obtain and disclose national defense information.

The hearing continues.

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