Overseas Network, December 4th – Snowden, the “whistleblower” of the “Prism Gate” incident, shouted at Trump on Twitter on the same day, hoping that he could pardon Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. Snowden wrote: “Mr. President, if you allow only one thing forgiveness during your term, please pardon Julian Assange. Only you can save his life.
Assange faced life imprisonment after being accused of conspiracy to obtain and disclose defense information in the United States. In 2012, Assange sought political asylum in Ecuador and spent seven years in seclusion in the country’s embassy in Britain.
In 2019, he was arrested by the London police and is currently serving his sentence in a British prison. He is in danger of being extradited and tried by the U.S. government.
Affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, Assange’s extradition hearings have been postponed repeatedly. Assange’s legal team has asked his client to be released on bail, saying that he is at risk of contracting COVID-19 and that he has respiratory infections and heart problems. However, the judge rejected the request, saying that Assange was at risk of absconding.
Before Snowden’s plea for pardon, Assange’s partner Stella Morris also tweeted to ask Trump to pardon Assange, accompanied by Thanksgiving photos of his two children.