Assange rejects deal between UK, Ecuador for him to leave embassy | TheHill – The Hill - http://earlyretireonline.com | how to earn money fastDecember 7, 2018 1:08 am
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday rejected a deal brokered between Ecuador and the United Kingdom that would allow him to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London for the first time in six years, the U.K.’s Telegraph reported.
Assange has been under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) since 2010 after WikiLeaks leaked thousands of classified reports on the war in Afghanistan stolen by the former U.S. Army Intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning.
WikiLeaks also posted thousands of emails stolen from Democrats by Russian agents during the 2016 presidential election, which has been a focus of . special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s probe into possible links between Trump campaign associates and Russia.
The charges appear to be tied to Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election but it is unclear what the charges are.
Assange reportedly fears being convicted in the U.S. and facing prison time.
“The suggestion that as long as the death penalty is off the table, Mr Assange need not fear persecution is obviously wrong,” Pollack told the outlet. “No one should have to face criminal charges for publishing truthful information.”
Assange fled to the embassy in 2012 when British courts ordered he be extradited to Sweden to be questioned in a sexual assault case, which has since been dropped. He still faces charges in U.K. for skipping bail.
The set of new rules require Assange to do a variety of things including pay for medical bills and phone calls, stay away from commenting on controversial topics and clean up after his pet cat.