Assange Agrees To Extradition If Obama Grants Chelsea Manning Clemency

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Just hours after NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden urged President Obama to "save [Chelsea Manning's] life by granting her clemency," Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange says he will agree to be extradited to the United States if the president grants clemency to the former US soldier Chelsea Manning, who is currently serving a 35-year sentence for leaking documents.

The US Constitution allows a president to pardon "offenses against the United States" and commute -- either shorten or end -- federal sentences. Obama has so far granted 148 pardons since taking office in 2009 -- fewer than his predecessors, who also served two terms, George W. Bush (189) and Bill Clinton (396). But he has surpassed any other president in the number of commutations, 1,176.

We noted previously that there was a number of high profile cases in front of President Obama as he prepares to leave The White House including Edward Snowden who tweeted yesterday...

And now, as AFP reports, Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange has offered himself up if President Obama releases Manning...

Assange has been living in the Ecuadoran embassy in London since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations.

The Australian former computer hacker said he fears Stockholm will in turn extradite him to the US, where he angered Washington over WikiLeaks' publication of thousands of US military and diplomatic documents leaked by former US soldier Manning.


Manning is currently serving a 35-year sentence in solitary confinement for handing over the 700,000 sensitive documents from the US State Department.


Supporters of the transgender soldier are putting their hopes in a pardon by Obama before he leaves office later this month, although the White House has said the president will not be granting her clemency.


Manning has already made two suicide attempts and currently has an appeal pending before a military court.


Washington has maintained the threat of prosecuting Assange over the 2010 leak, though no charges have been filed.

Interestingly, Assange's offer comes just days after his uncharacteristically emotional interview with Sean Hannity...

"I have been detained illegally, without charge for six years, without sunlight, lots of spies everywhere. It's tough... but that's the mission I set myself on. I understand the kind of game that's being played - big powerful actors will try and take's a different thing for my family - I have young children, under 10 years old, they didn't sign up for that... and I think that is fundamentally unjust... my family is innocent, they didn't sign up for that fight."

Perhaps his hope is that President Trump will pardon him at the end of his term?


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Bay of Pigs's picture

They all deserve pardons.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Bay of Pigs Jan 12, 2017 7:52 PM

He won't do it because under all this fake Christian/Muslim bull jive Obama is a Zionist Jew.

UN smackdown helps poor little victim Israel, look at all the fake victim news they put out after that.

knukles's picture

You'd think he'd jump at the bones to pardon her.

TeamDepends's picture

It's a white transoldier, so no dice.

greenskeeper carl's picture

Ya, about that. It's probably s but immature of me, but every time I hear about 'Chelsea manning' thing is all I can think about -

yrad's picture

I still haven't figured out how exposing crimes against the American a crime!?!?

tmosley's picture

Interesting, give Obama a chance to "prove" the transparancy and mercy of his administration, and/or for Trump to do the same.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


I continue to be in awe of Assange, for lack of a better term, Manning and Snowden, too.

I cannot find the right words.

These three give me hope for humanity.

And considering the appalling human behaviors I witness on a daily basis, this is no small thing.

I pray that they will all once again find liberty.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

These three give me hope for humanity.

And isn't it disgustingly sick h_h that there are only 3 of them given the damage by the whores and their paymasters at large?!!!

BarnacleBill's picture

Yes, indeed, HH: they give me some hope for humanity, too. I don't get much hope from all those CIA psychos who are slavering at the thought of torturing them, though.

californiagirl's picture

I would fully expect the crrent Administration to grant Manning clemency, or even a pardon, and after Assange is safely in American custody (if he does not die in a convenient plane crash on his way here), then Manning will die of some kind of "accident", most likely arranged by the CIA.

californiagirl's picture

It is a death sentence for both of them.

Oliver Klozoff's picture

As courageous as these men are, they are wasting their time.

obumma seems intent on setting the world on fire before he leaves.

My wife told me the moving vans have been at the white house. Normally this would've been cause for rejoicing and it still may very well be...unless he is heading to a bunker.

Crash Overide's picture

Assange is not afraid to come to the US when Trump is running shit, the people will demand Julian be set free, Trump would be wise to make it happen.

Stay tuned... I feel like there might be some more leaks coming.

BTFDemocracy's picture

hedgeless_horseman- When Sullenberger landed the plane on Hudson he was forced to by life events, and we call him a hero.

Manning, Assange and Snowden had comfortable lives and no forced call to action, they chose the path of more resistance (and a battle of eternity against a monolithic super villain) for the better for humanity, to suffer in order give everyone else better lives. These 3x deserve another term- super heroes.

Mandel Bot's picture

Those three photographs are of heroes of our time.

The word 'hero' is grossly overused nowadays. But these three are heroes in the true sense of the word.

They risked life and personal fortune for something they believed was right.

We all owe them a deep debt of gratitude.

847328_3527's picture

Manning will not be commuted. He is: 1) not black; and 2) not a criminal to begin with.

CaptainObvious's picture

+1000 Add Farage, Binney, O'Keefe, and Ron Paul to that list.  They are real heroes because they serve us the naked truth in a time when everyone else is trying to spoon-feed us lies.  And if they ever find out who gave Podesta's emails to Wikileaks, he's automatically on the hero platform.

wildbad's picture

yep..another of barry soteros legacies. more prosecuted whistleblowers than all other thiefs in chief combined

don't let the door hit your duplcitous golfin ass on the way out. err never mind..LET IT!

Perimetr's picture

Don't worry,

Obama always keeps his word.

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OfAllElaboratePlans's picture
OfAllElaboratePlans (not verified) Perimetr Jan 12, 2017 8:06 PM

Obama will agree to LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!!

847328_3527's picture

I promise not to land on Hillary's nose in front of Live TV or in public ever again.

WillyGroper's picture

wish he'd have waited until the inauguration to make that statement.

this is very interesting for those into the esoteric.  DT, numerology, pedogate, pegasus, twitewetoob censoring alternatives.

peddling-fiction's picture

I fear that tomorrow could be a somber day, Willy.

That is why Assange is asking today.

WillyGroper's picture

Fri. 13.

they love their games.

municipal level gearing up for unrest.

since they can't put the pedogenie back in the bottle, i think we're going to see a lot of whackamole.

peddling-fiction's picture

Over there it already is a FRI 13 + 1 for January. Osiris is Whole, and de Molay avenged.

Symbologists, have a field day.

OpTwoMistic's picture

Do not trust the magic negro. Wait for Trump.

CatsPaw's picture

They didnt deserve to be put in prison in the first place.

me or you's picture

I don't think is a good idea. 

peddling-fiction's picture

+1 "I don't think is a good idea."

Me neither, and I know how nasty Agent Smith is.

Assange, don't do it. Take my word for it, from personal experience.

MK Ultra is next up for breakfast, lunch, dinner and more.

Sleep deprivation, silent subliminals, music and videos with ultrasonic programming.

And EM torture as well.

shovelhead's picture

I agree

Electronic Music IS torture.

peddling-fiction's picture

Electromagnetic (EM) torture, that is, with "non-lethal" directed energy weapons (DEW)

Lumberjack, are you now sponsoring that on your watch?


Lynx Dogood's picture

Only if done on Obamas last day! With a deal wth with Trump!

Lumberjack's picture

Great legal move.

chunga's picture

I'm wondering if the heat got truned up on Assange somehow?

Lumberjack's picture

First is that Obama will NOT do it. Assange punked potus with this.

mary mary's picture

Obama is so busy shovelling papers into trucks headed to "a very secure location" until they can be deep-sixed in his Presidentlal "Library" that he doesn't have time to think about things like whether or not to negotiate with Assange.  1. Cover your tracks, 2. clean out the house, and then 3. fly away to Heaven, aka Hawaii, to golf the rest of your life away.

ConnectingTheDots's picture

And collect your paychecks for protecting the bankers during your presidency.

Obama will be very rich in the next few years.

SDShack's picture

Or perhaps Assange is turning up the heat on others by dropping clues about what he knows about who.  Lots of "coincidences" happening the last week or so. Assange offering $20K cash for evidence of record/document destruction by the 0zer0 regime seemed like a "tell" that he already has the goods. Then today, Justice IG opening a probe in past leak cases, with FBI Comey piling on. Now Assange willing to be extradited to US if Chelsea Manning is pardoned. WTF?

Me thinks there is much more going on behind the scenes with lots of players then is being revealed. This looks like a high stakes leverage game. Sadly, I suspect nothing will really change except perhaps Assange makes a deal to essentially keep Wikileaks quiet to save himself, and as a result all the corruption gets flushed down the memory hole.

emersonreturn's picture

i don't believe assange has gone this far to save himself. 

mary mary's picture

I think the USA deep state has had its heat on Assange on a setting of "10" for years now.  There IS no more turning up it could do, or it would have long ago.

chunga's picture

I don't know mary, a lot of things seem extra intense right now.

mtanimal's picture

Well played, Julian. Last chance to fuck with the Barry - go for it.

bobbbny's picture

If he doesn't agree to it, give him a golden shower Julian!


NurseRatched's picture

Chelsea Manning deserves to get life. If the transgender issue were absent, nobody would care about or remember Manning.

No deal.

1980XLS's picture

Chelsea Clinton, along with the entire Clinton Crime Family deserve life too.