Julian Assange makes a big announcement about his future

No doubt you have an opinion about Julian Assange and whether or not you think his WikiLeaks site is good
Julian Assange could be headed to the US. Source: YouTube

No doubt you have an opinion about Julian Assange and whether or not you think his WikiLeaks site is good or bad.

And after four years hiding out in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, it looks like Julian Assange has made a decision about his future.

Last week, Assange posted on the WikiLeaks Twitter account that he would accept extradition to the US – on one condition.

The condition was that the US release Chelsea Manning, a US Army Military Intelligence Analyst who leaked to WikiLeaks and was sentenced to 35 years jail. 

And that is set to happen in May, after Barack Obama commuted Manning’s sentence – giving her an early release!

Since that announcement earlier this week, there’s been a lot of talk about whether Assange will go to the US – and today he confirmed that he would.

“I stand by everything I said including the offer to go to the United States if Chelsea Manning’s sentence was commuted,” he said in an audio conference on Twitter.

“It’s not going to be commuted (until) May.

“We can have many discussions to that point.”

You might be wondering what will happen to Assange if he goes to the US?

As well as the infamous rape charges he faces in Sweden, Assange could also be facing espionage charges over his WikiLeaks site in the US.

It’s unclear what sort of a welcome he will get in the US from incoming president Donald Trump, but Assange has his supporters here in Australia.

Pauline Hanson is among those supporters, stating back in November that she hoped “in light of his great service towards freedom and truth, president-elect Donald Trump will consider granting Mr Assange a full presidential pardon.”

What do you think about Julian Assange’s announcement? Do you think he should be given a presidential pardon?

  1. Robert Holliday  

    He can not be pardoned. He has not been charged or convicted of any offence.

    • ssmith3104  

      Wrong. Example: President Gerald Ford pardoned President Nixon. Nixon had also not been charged or convicted of an offence.

  2. Joy Rhodes  

    He should be fully pardoned, after all he was only telling the truth (which is what they didn’t want) and the rape charges had already been dropped in Sweden because they could not be substantiated.

  3. lexie  

    Nobody should be penalised for telling the truth. Set the man free.

  4. Jenni king  

    He and his Wikileaks helped defame Hilary Clinton and got trump into the presidency. I told everyone this would happen as he will have a deal with trump to go Scott free. I used to have a great deal of respect for this man but now he has shown he is just as grubby as the rest. I could not give a hoot what happens to him now. It obviously won’t be justice.

    • Tony  

      That’s how I feel I knew this would happen

  5. Truth 13  

    When any one or any country lie to the people or the world, in a democracy, it is necessary to have fearless people, to come forward and tell the truth to the world. The supposed to be democratic countries, regularly lie to the world, but always very fast to criticise the non- democratic countries, denying the freedom of speech, to the people of those countries. Those who do that, but hide the violation of human rights by their own forces & governments, are worst than the non-democratic countries. Both Private Manning & Assange took that “face cover”, off the US government, and expose the “devil” behind it. Is it good, or bad ?. I think, there should be more such people in the world, who could do it, when anyone violate the rule of law.

  6. ken  

    I believe Julian Assange and Wikileaks have done the people of the world a huge service. I personally believe all governments should be totally honest and up front with their people and that anyone who exposes dishonesty or corruption is doing the world a service. In all the time wikileaks has exposed corruption not one report has ever been found to false unlike many reports from dishonest ,unethical govt employees from presidents down..Anyone exposing lies and corruption from elected officials in my view should be given a medal not a prosecution.

  7. [email protected]  

    The world needs more truth seekers like this man, and we all should be hungry for those truths and prepared to act on them.

  8. Ann Day  

    He only tells the “truth” from his own perspective and to achieve his own ends. He cherry picks at data and makes it say what he wants it to say.

    • Joan Marshall  

      Any Whistle blower will never get the credit they deserve from people like you. He told the truth and the truth hurts. Julian Assange is a HERO for giving the American people the truth on crooked HIllary.

  9. Ivy  

    Ann Day, where is the indication of that?

  10. Joan Marshall  

    Julian Assange is a Hero for exposing Hillary and her cohorts. Whistle Blowers are never given credit by a lot of people because the truth hurts. God Bless Julian Assange and may Hillary hide in some hole where we never hear from her again.

  11. H tyler  

    America only ever invades a country for the good of those people. Yes right and I am the next Hemsworth to make it big. America thinks it is always right maybe they should look in their own back yard first.

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