WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange made a major announcement.
He claimed if Obama granted clemency to Bradley Manning, he would agree to be extradited to the United States to face criminal charges.
And it is leading to a major showdown where Assange has a big decision to make.
With just days remaining in his Presidency, Obama commuted the sentence of Bradley Manning.
This decision has been controversial because Manning had leaked 700,000 documents regarding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to WikiLeaks. He was convicted under the Espionage Act and sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Assange had previously stated he would return to the U.S. and face his charges – which he describes as unconstitutional – should Manning be released from prison.
So after Manning’s sentence was commuted, many wondered if Assange would live up to his word.
WikiLeaks’ twitter account answered that question.
Assange: “Thank you to everyone who campaigned for Chelsea Manning’s clemency. Your courage & determination made the impossible possible.”
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 17, 2017
Assange lawyer @themtchair on Assange-Manning extradition ‘deal’: “Everything that he has said he’s standing by.”
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 18, 2017
Assange is now preparing to return to the U.S. and stand trial.
During the presidential campaign, WikiLeaks released emails from Democrat National Committee staffers proving the Democrats rigged their primary against Bernie Sanders.
The anti-secrecy site also dumped emails obtained from Hillary campaign chairmen John Podesta’s email account after he foolishly fell for a phishing scam, providing hackers access to his account.
Podesta’s emails showed the unseemly collusion between the so-called “mainstream” media and the Clinton campaign.
“Journalists” were shown to be little more than pro-Clinton partisans with press passes.
So it looks like Obama has baited Assange into returning to the U.S.
Will the prosecution proceed as payback for the Democrats claiming Assange and WikiLeaks helped swing the election to Trump?
Many dispute whether the role WikiLeaks played affected the outcome.
While they performed important work in exposing how corrupt the American media actually is, why did their leaks swing votes in Michigan but not California?
Trump ended up losing the meaningless popular vote, so the argument by Democrats is that WikiLeaks was a factor in states he lost and not a factor in states he won?
It makes very little sense.
But since Assange appears to be sticking to his word, Democrats will have their chance for payback.