Julian Assange Comes to Decision on Extradition – Nobody Expected This
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange announced on Thursday that he will stand by his word and face extradition to the US.
Assange has been holed up inside Ecuador’s London embassy since 2012, but said last week that he would accept extradition if former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning were freed.
Manning famously leaked information to WikiLeaks, was convicted, and sent to prison.
On Wednesday, President Obama commuted Manning’s 35-year sentence, and now Manning will be released in May.
“I stand by everything I said including the offer to go to the United States if Chelsea Manning’s sentence was commuted,” Assange said in a live online audio news conference.
“It’s not going to be commuted (until) May. We can have many discussions to that point.”
“We look forward to having a conversation with the DoJ (Department of Justice) about what the correct way forward is,” he added.