Supporters of Julian Assange were counting on President Trump’s pardons the day he left. They were disappointed.
A press release published on the White House website lists this January 20, the last day of the Trump presidency, the 73 pardons granted by the outgoing. Among them, personalities like his former adviser Steve Bannon, accused of embezzlement, or the rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black.
The list was particularly eagerly awaited by supporters of Julian Assange, as it was rumored that the founder of WikiLeaks could be part of the wagon.
Voices were also raised, including those of five Nobel laureates who wrote a letter, the UN rapporteur on torture and Pamela Anderson, to ask that pardon be granted to the one who, in 2010, unveiled US military documents revealing war crimes committed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Another famous whistleblower, Edward Snowden, a refugee in Russia since 2013, joined this concert of demands.
Interviewed Tuesday by the Washington Examiner, the companion and mother of two children of Julian Assange estimated:
“Any president who believes in defending the 1st Amendment is the right president to forgive him. Julian should never have been charged for publishing the truth ”
Stella Morris noted, however, that Donald Trump, according to her favorable to this pardon, encountered strong opposition from the American intelligence services.
175 years in prison
No presidential pardon therefore. Julian Assange still faces 175 years in prison for espionage if he returns to American soil. The founder of WikiLeaks is currently incarcerated in the UK in Belmarsh High Security Prison, after spending seven years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
On January 4, the British justice refused his extradition to the United States, considering that the psychological state of Julian Assange did not allow it.