Assange vows to hand himself over to US authorities in exchange for Manning pardon

Despite a medical report revealing Julian Assange‘s mental health is deteriorating in consequence to his prolonged asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, the Wikileak’s founder offered the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) an unusual bargain which would lead to his incarceration in the American prison system.

On Thursday, Mr. Assange offered to sacrifice himself to U.S. authorities in exchange for a executive pardon of imprisoned former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.  Manning was convicted for violations to the Espionage Act in 2013 for passing 750,000 classified or otherwise sensitive documents including classified diplomatic cables to the disclosure platform in 2010.

In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch requesting details concerning DOJ’s probe of Assange, attorney Barry Pollack contends the Department has “revised (its) regulations with respect to obtaining evidence from and charging members of the news media,” and requested further information on the investigation of Assange.

Although Mr. Assange’s attorney did not offer the DOJ Assange’s proposed arrangement for himself in exchange for Manning’s clemency in the letter to Loretta Lynch, speculation persists Assange proposed the pledge over Manning’s plight in prison.

Manning has complained about alleged mistreatment at the hands of military guards at his Fort Leavenworth prison and recently went on a hunger strike to protest.

Manning ended his voluntary fasting when the Army approved his gender transition surgery.

 

[RT News] [Photo courtesy fair.org]