Today most of the headlines are reading that Julian Assange’s lawyers stated that Assange was offered a pardon if he testified that Russia didn’t steal the DNC leaks. All the MSM is having a field day with this claiming that Trump offered it on the condition that Assange help “cover-up” the Russian hacking. The problem with these articles is it simply isn’t true. Assange stated months before in January of 2017 that he did not receive the emails from Russia. (For a video with Hannity where he states this see here. or a video with John Pilger https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sbT3_9dJY4).
Interviews and articles dating back to when January of 2017 prove that Assange was already stating he didn’t receive the emails and leaks from Russia. According to the headlines today, Dana Rohrabacher offered the pardon to Julian Assange on his visit. The problem with it is that Rohrabacher didn’t visit Assange until August of 2017. So, Assange was already stating Russia didn’t give him the info months before, as seen in the Wikileaks tweet below).
Of course, the White House insists that Trump does not even know Rohrabacher and no such offer was made. The MSM needs to get this right. First Trump tried to coerce Assange with a pardon when that didn’t work, he had him indicted.
Assange did not want to be pardoned because it would be an admission of guilt. What matters to Assange was the effect it would have on free speech and free press. Rand Paul suggested Assange be given immunity if he was willing to testify in this case. (Article can be seen here.) This is a totally different scenario than what MSM is trying to produce. Finally, Trump has remained silent on the extradition of Assange after saying he loved Wikileaks 150 times pre-election. He claims now that Wikileaks is not his thing
So, since the White House is denying offering Assange a pardon, the question you must ask yourself is who is lying? Let’s look at the evidence of Trump talking about Wikileaks. Here is a youtube video showing Trump pre-election:
Then in April, after Assange was brutally kidnapped from the Embassy and arrested, Trump said the following according to washington post article: