Assange "Stands By" Extradition Offer; Promises "Big Publishing Year" In 2017

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Just yesterday we noted that Julian Assange and his lawyers were seemingly shying away from an offer they previously made to the Obama administration whereby Assange agreed to U.S. extradition in return for clemency for Chelsea Manning (see "Assange's Lawyer Provides An "Out": Says Conditions Not Met For Extradition Deal").  While initial tweets from WikiLeaks implied that the extradition deal was still on, a follow-up from Assange's U.S. attorney seemed to declare a technical breach of "contract."

“Mr. Assange welcomes the announcement that Ms. Manning's sentence will be reduced and she will be released in May, but this is well short of what he sought,” said Barry Pollack, Assange’s United State’s attorney.


“Mr. Assange had called for Chelsea Manning to receive clemency and be released immediately.”

That said, on a live press conference held earlier today on periscope, Assange once again confirmed that he "stands by everything I said including the offer to go to the United States if Chelsea Manning's sentence was commuted."

"We look forward to having a conversation with the DoJ [Department of Justice] about what the correct way forward is."


"I've always been willing to go to the United States provided my rights are respected because this is a case that should never have occurred."

The full press conference can be viewed here:


Meanwhile, irrespective of what happens with his personal extradition agreement, Assange promised a "big publishing year" in 2017 with the popularity of the 'Podesta Emails' encouraging other sources to come forward with new leaks.

Assange promised a “big publishing year ahead” for WikiLeaks, adding “I’m in love with the publications we have coming.”


Following the media coverage the Podesta emails garnered, Assange said “that exposure has, like it always does, encouraged other sources to come forward.”


“We have a lot of material to get through, it takes time,” he said, concluding that WikiLeaks’ decade-long record of accuracy is a valuable reputation to maintain.

Among a litany of other topics, Assange also touched on the "fake news" epidemic saying that Facebook was "more or less in the tank for Clinton" and has become "integrated with the U.S. establishment."

Assange described Facebook’s attempts to stop fake news as “super interesting,” saying that as Facebook “became rich [it] has integrated with the US establishment,” adding the social media site was “more or less in the tank for Clinton” during the election.


“Organizations like Facebook are permitting many people to publish billions at the touch of a button - that’s breaking down the control structure,” he said. ”That is a new circumstance in democracy.”

Finally, touching on a topic we've written about frequently in recent months, Assange discussed the attempts of the establishment to dismiss any hint of legitimate opposition from a pissed off electorate as nothing more than a reflection of Russian propaganda....

“There is that environment now, where you can see the incentives, so whatever propaganda Russia may be putting out, through RT or elsewhere, and it certainly has its angle on things, you can see the incentives for incumbents, like Merkel, just like we could see with Clinton to try and hype up an issue about potential Russian involvement."


“It’s not that they [the incumbents] have a genuine opposition.  It’s not that the people are annoyed with misbehavior in government, and of course there is, I’m not saying anything in particular about Merkel's government, but as a government who misbehaves, well, there’s an attempt to go, any criticism of governmental misbehavior, corruption,  or incompetence, well it’s not the opposition or the people making a fuss, no it’s secretly the Russians.”

...though we're sure the Russians told Assange to say all of the above so we highly recommend you take it all with a grain of salt. 

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IndyPat's picture

Sock it to 'em, Julian!

Billy the Poet's picture

Assange's adversaries are powerful but he may still have insurance.

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FreezeThese (not verified) Billy the Poet Jan 19, 2017 10:38 PM

He and Vlad are open to meeting Draft Dodging Donny ... Huge

Billy the Poet's picture

It would be so much better if we had a president who wanted war with Russia. All good people agree about that and would put acid in your air intake in order to prove it. Doing anything else would be homophobic.

nightshiftsucks's picture

Ok look.the satanist pedophile showed up.I hope you enjoy being burned on the stake.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

You got it. Huge. Julian needs to get out more. 

kochevnik's picture

Golly dodging stupid USA wars.  That is almost as bad as not keeping your receipts for ten years!

Unlike you, Trump did not need a greencard

Croesus's picture

God I hope the Assange sinks some battleships this year.

I would give almost anything to see McStain spend his last days rotting in prison.

Of course, there are lots of other politicians I feel the same way about.

J S Bach's picture

If Assange is legit, he will go down in history as one the key saviors of Western civilization.  We all wait with bated breath.

peddling-fiction's picture

If he is not legit, he will be on the list.

J S Bach's picture

If he is legit, he will almost single-handedly show how compromised the 4th estate is in our decadent repulic.

peddling-fiction's picture

I am open. He may even be legit in his mind, but still compromised.

BabaLooey's picture

Assange needs to stay OUT of the U.S. - period.

I would not blame him one bit. The DoJ has a long record of going back on many "deals" they make, and I remember reading the clemency addition to his offer. A PARDON  - yes? Not this "commutation".

It's not what Manning got.

I look forward to seeing what Wikileaks has to show us.

peddling-fiction's picture

Assange. let the river run. No fear.

detached.amusement's picture

hasnt shown up at the window since Pam's lunch and the arrival of the armored car at 2am.


I have not seen a single piece of evidence that has convinced me he's presently alive.

Bill of Rights's picture

You have them scrambling now I want them begging...start with exposing the fake climate change religion quacks... it's all about money nothing more .

IndyPat's picture

Really like to see Mutti Merkle get hacked wide open. See her contempt for western culture and German nationals laid bare in her own words.

peddling-fiction's picture

and all the pizza aficionados with their pepperoni oiled hands in the air.

xrxs's picture

Stay safe, Julian

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) Jan 19, 2017 10:44 PM

In an era of few real heros, I respect Assange. I don't think he owes anyone anything, legally. As far as giving people real documents and telling the truth? Amen, brother, amen. Thank you. God bless you and keep you safe!

conspicio's picture

Assange is in many ways like Drudge. Drudge offers very little in the way of original content - he simply puts the evidence in front of everyone for evaluation. Assange does the same in that he receives information that is posted for evaluation. Two of the most influential global drivers of web traffic.

It took me a while to come to this realization that Assange's Wikileaks, much like Drudge, was merely a conduit to let the information be free. This will drive the future of many media business models...if the right people are smart enough to monitize it.

"On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it's so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life.

On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time.

So you have these two fighting against each other.”

~Stuart Brand

tip e. canoe's picture

information oscillation could very well be the essential conflict that defines our age.

very astute comment +10000

Crash Overide's picture

I look forward to the follow up to the Podesta emails... 

cry-me-a-libaturd's picture

cheese pizza and hankies will be exposed!

SmittyinLA's picture

USDOJ: quick we need somebody that looks and talks like Assange

Equador Embassy: no hablo inglez

CIA: mission accomplished

CNN: Russians hacked Assange's brain

McCain: I agree Russians did it

Juanita Hill: there's Russian public hairs in my tofu

Obama: Party time!

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Assange has a double in Santa Fe.  

Oliver Klozoff's picture

Asking any lawyers who might be on the site: How would WikiLeaks data dumps serve as evidence in a criminal trial? Any precedents?

Salsa Verde's picture

Should be quite intriguing legally; much precedent will be set in dealing with Assange.

Atomizer's picture

It works now, fire your IT guy. 

We love you Tyler, that shit bag behind the computer is blocking your website exposure, less income. I really miss sacrilege. Times are different from back then..we must forge on. We can always use the old live feed streaming URL for Bernanke speeches. You'll remember. I don't want to plug the source. 

Have a good morning. 


alexcojones's picture

Imagine Assange and Sessions?

Could be good theater. Made for TV

What a mess_man's picture

Assange is a good man and the real deal.  Let's hope Trump does right by him.

Md4's picture

"Assange promised a “big publishing year ahead” for WikiLeaks, adding “I’m in love with the publications we have coming."

Don't wait too long, Julian.

WTFUD's picture

Why would anyone of sound mind , voluntary walk into the Satanic Den?

kochevnik's picture

Maybe he likes his food seasoned with polonium, as happened with Trump's advisor Roger Stone?

tip e. canoe's picture

suggest practicing discernment with anything coming from Mr. Stone (or anyone for that matter), especially when he has a book coming out.

BigCumulusClouds's picture

Since Asssnge never mentions 911 and the WTC bldgs being blown up, methinks he may be a gubbermint agent. Not only does he not mention it, but neither do any of his published documents. Just saying.

Rey dTutto's picture

If it ain't leaked to them, they can't publish it.

That shits buried deep.

detached.amusement's picture

There's enough shit publicly available to warrant a real investigation of 911

JPMorgan's picture

“Mr. Assange welcomes the announcement that Ms. Manning's sentence will be reduced and she will be released in May, but this is well short of what he sought,” said Barry Pollack, Assange’s United State’s attorney.

Manning gets released in May, how is that well short?

It was meant to be a 35yrs stretch.

Fucking attorneys, the world could do with less of them as well. 

HedgeJunkie's picture

Fucking attorneys, the world could do with less of them as well.   

Clyde Melvin had the right fucking idea.

Lived there at the time working my route.  People all tearful, I'm like WTF, he killed fuckin' lawyers.  We should throw a parade.

Suddenly, every courthouse got a metal detector.

It was a small town, I knew everyone mentioned in the article, was friends wih the sheriff and the newspaper owners.



JailBanksters's picture

Can't wait to see them label Satanic Rituals and Pedophile behaviour as Top Secret Government Operations.


UnschooledAustrianEconomist's picture

I hope for lots of German shit.

Get it going, Julian, and stay safe.

onmail1's picture

<-- Zion's
Victim is Assange