WikiLeaks’ Assange Likely To Ask Donald Trump To Drop Case

Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — who released thousands of hacked emails that damaged Hillary Clinton’s campaign — plan to ask President-elect Donald Trump to drop the U.S. criminal investigation against the controversial journalist, according to multiple reports.

Assange was reportedly questioned this week by Swedish authorities at the Ecuadorean Embassy in Britain over rape allegations in Sweden, though no formal charges have been filed.

After the questioning, Assange’s attorney, Jennifer Robinson, told reporters she and her team hope President-elect Trump might reverse the Obama administration’s hardline stance against Assange for leaking classified material.

Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist, said Assange will have to do more to demonstrate he shouldn’t be prosecuted.

“What could be helpful to Assange is if he can prove he didn’t hack or steal any of the documents,” said O’Connell.

“There’s a real push on Capitol Hill, particularly by (Florida U.S. Sen.) Marco Rubio and folks on both sides of the aisle to hold Assange accountable. If Assange wants to get a pardon or to be seen in a favorable light, I think he has to jump a few hurdles,” O’Connell said.

Read more from Chris Cassidy at The Boston Herald

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