I kind of knew this one was going to be a dud.
The joke is on us. President Obama’s last minute (predicted) commutation of Bradley “Chelsea” Manning’s sentence was for what some believed was in return for the extradition of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.
Look for the loopholes.
The attorney for Julian Assange said President Obama’s commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence does not meet the conditions of the WikiLeaks head’s offer to be extradited to the United States if Manning were pardoned.
“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 U.S.-based attorney, via email.
“Mr. Assange had called for Chelsea Manning to receive clemency and be released immediately.”
Back in September, Assange made the offer to trade his extradition to the U.S. (where he is not officially charged with any crime), in exchange for Manning’s clemency.
He announced it again, via Twitter, last week.
“If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case,” tweeted WikiLeaks’s official account on Thursday.
The Obama administration commuted Manning’s sentence on Tuesday, proving that they’re not really as worried about U.S. secrets getting into Russian hands as they would have people believe.