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Julian Assange Wants Trump To Drop U.S. Investigation

| by Michael Allen

Julian Assange, whose site, WikiLeaks, published droves of stolen emails from the campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, is reaching out to President-elect Donald Trump for help.

Assange has been living inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012 out of fear of being extradited to Sweden over rape allegations, and, ultimately, to the U.S. for revealing thousands of classified U.S. documents about the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, reports the London Evening Standard.

One of Assange's lawyers, Jennifer Robinson, issued a statement to the press on Nov. 16 in which she first defended Assange who allowed Swedish prosecutors to question him through an Ecuadorian prosecutor at the embassy.

"It is important to remember that he has never been charged and has already been cleared once by the previous prosecutor. We hope and expect that the prosecutor will come to the same conclusion," the statement reads.

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Robinson then cited the First Amendment as a U.S. defense for Assange, who is an Australian citizen:

During that time we have repeatedly called for the investigation to be closed on the grounds it violates the First Amendment , and places a chill on freedom of speech and reporting.

Through U.S. counsel, we had reached out to the Obama administration, most recently just a few months ago, and we will continue to do so with future US administrations until the investigation is closed.

Swedish prosecutor Ingrid Isgren and police inspector Cecilia Redell did not issue any comments about the questioning of Assange.

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Breitbart News, a conservative news site formerly run by Trump's new White House special advisor Stephen Bannon, ran the headline "Julian Assange’s Lawyers to Appeal to Donald Trump for Presidential Pardon."

Roger Stone, a long-time ally of Trump, told The Guardian on Nov. 2 that a "mutual friend" of Assange gave him (Stone) advance notice of when WikiLeaks was going to release the stolen emails of Clinton campaign official John Podesta.

Stone refused to identify the "mutual friend," but described his shadowy source as an American libertarian who works on the "opinion side" in the U.S. media.

This appears to be supported by Stone's tweet back in August: "Trust me, it will soon the Podesta's time in the barrel. #CrookedHillary."

Sources: London Evening Standard, The Guardian, Breitbart News, Twitter / Photo Credit: Espen Moe/Flickr

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