U.S. Admits That Congressman Offered Pardon to Assange If He Covered Up Russia Links

https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-admits-that-putins-favorite-congressman-offered-pardon-to-assange-if-he-covered-up-russia-links?scrolla=5eb6d68b7fedc32c19ef33b4

Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher offered Assange the deal in 2017, a year after the emails that damaged Hillary Clinton had been published.

Dana Rohrabacher has long been suspected of being on the Russian payroll to the point it was joked at in the GOP caucus openly.   

Lawyers representing the United States at Julian Assange’s extradition trial in Britain have accepted the claim that the WikiLeaks founder was offered a presidential pardon by a congressman on the condition that he would help cover up Russia’s involvement in hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee.

Jennifer Robinson, a lawyer, told the court that she had attended a meeting between Assange, then Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, and pro-Trump troll Charles Johnson at Assange’s hide-out, the Ecuadorian embassy in London, on August 15, 2017.

Robinson said the two Americans claimed to be emissaries from Washington and “wanted us to believe they were acting on behalf of the president.” The pair allegedly told Assange that they could help grant him a pardon in exchange for him revealing information about the source of the WikiLeaks information that proved it was not the Russians who hacked Democratic emails.

“They stated that President Trump was aware of and had approved of them coming to meet with Mr. Assange to discuss a proposal—and that they would have an audience with the president to discuss the matter on their return to Washington, D.C.,” Robinson said.

Rohrabacher, who was known as Putin’s favorite congressman, partially corroborated the claim back in February, saying at the time, “I spoke to Julian Assange and told him if he would provide evidence about who gave WikiLeaks the emails I would petition the president to give him a pardon… He knew I could get to the president.”

Rohrabacher said he followed up the meeting by calling then White House chief of staff John Kelly to discuss the pardon. However, the ex-congressman said he never spoke to Trump about it.

Regardless, Assange turned the offer down, his lawyers said.

How many members of the US government including the current president are under the control of Putin and Russia?  Why when this came to light in 2018 was it treated as a joke by Republican house leader Paul Ryan who told his members to make sure that was kept quiet.   We really need to look at how greed has compromised the US government and ask ourselves if we still are a government of the people, for the people?   Hugs

2 thoughts on “U.S. Admits That Congressman Offered Pardon to Assange If He Covered Up Russia Links

  1. Dennis Cole September 18, 2020 / 16:02

    Scottie – there’s so much disinformation swirling about the whole Assange case that we’ve lost focus on The Big Picture. Assange is not the demon he’s been made into by the Media, for when those who REPORT on Gov’t, wrongdoing are jailed and harassed, and NOT the malefactors breaking the law and doing wrong, then we’re in serious trouble.

    Facts are facts, and Julian only released material that was available through other sources, trying to shine a light on the dark, evil deeds that were being performed.

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    • Scottie September 19, 2020 / 04:31

      Hello Dennis. I am very supportive of whistleblowers and people like Chelsea Manning / Edward Snowden. The information of crimes in Afghanistan committed by US troops and the embarrassing cables of the US government spying on friendly governments were a public service. The people should know what the illegal actions our government is doing. For all my looking into it over the years I have yet to find one case where the government can show these news leaks actually got someone killed. They hint and make claims of grave damage, but never give real examples.

      However when Assange worked with Russia to distribute known hacked political information, information that belonged to private people not the US government, that crossed a journalistic line. That was a crime. It served no real public purpose other than to try to embarrass a political campaign to help another political campaign assisted by a foreign government. Assange as a journalist should have known better. By the way, by this time wikileaks had already started to distance itself from Assange because the organization itself was concerned about his actions being a crime and not in the public good.

      Now having said the above, I do not think he should be tried in the US nor imprisoned in the US. It is clear the US prosecution is politically driven. When Obama was president he was embarrassed by Assange and was very angry as he tried to get him. tRump doesn’t really care about the rule of law, but he doesn’t want the information coming out about how Russia helped him, which is why he was willing to offer a pardon. But there is still hardliners who want Assange to pay for the embarrassment they suffered.

      So I would like him tried in a neutral country by unbiased legal professionals. I do not want the UK to send him to the US, but I do want him tried for the political hack of private people. If the trial clears him of wrongdoing so be it, but if they find him guilty then the punishment should fit the crime and not be excessive. Hugs

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