WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange willing to stand trial in the United States if U.S. President Barack Obama will pardon his informant Bradley manning. This is stated in the message of WikiLeaks on Twitter.
“If Obama would grant Manning a pardon, Assange will agree in exchange to be in an American prison — despite the obvious illegality of [this]”, — stated in the message.
Assange’s lawyer Barry Pollack in the interview with CNN confirmed that Assange agree to these terms. The Ministry of justice, the TV channel reported that the deal offered by Assange or his representatives, the office did not know. The representative of the office of justice of the United States for the Eastern district of Virginia, which should be a criminal case against Assange, has not commented on this information.
Manning was convicted in 2013. He was charged with stealing and disseminating 750 million pages of documents and videos that have been transferred to WikiLeaks. As noted by CNN, this leak of classified material was the largest in U.S. history. Against manning, it was nominated for 22 charges, including violating the espionage act, on 20 counts he was found guilty. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison. During his imprisonment, manning has received permission for a sex change and changed his name to Chelsea Elizabeth.
Assange himself was granted political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Because of this, he could not be extradited to Sweden where he is accused of sex crimes. From Sweden, in turn, he could be extradited to the United States, where he faces the death penalty if he’s convicted for publishing state secrets to Wikileaks.