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Will Trump pardon Assange?

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This is a good list of people Trump might pardon while he gets the copper wiring out of the White House. This is perhaps the most interesting case:

The WikiLeaks founder has been indicted by U.S. prosecutors on 17 charges of espionage and one of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, related to the 2010 release of classified American military documents. He is currently in a British prison cell, awaiting a judge’s decision on his potential extradition to the United States, where he faces up to 175 years in prison. Assange’s partner, Stella Moris, and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have publicly called on Trump to pardon Assange in recent weeks. According to Assange’s lawyers, Trump associates offered Assange a pardon or “win-win” arrangement if he disclosed the source of the Democratic National Committee emails leaked to his site during the 2016 campaign to help clear up “ongoing speculation about Russian involvement” in the hacking. But as the Post notes, there is no evidence that the alleged offer stemmed from the White House.

Hmm, time for some game theory from Trump’s perspective.

Pros: Rewards his Most Valuable Ratfucker from the 2016 campaign, Owns The Libs, Owns the Deep State (TM), may think Pamela Anderson will sleep with him

Cons: hates whistleblowers, loves to abandon and humiliate his sycophants when they no longer have any value to him, Julian did nothing for him in 2020

I’d say it’s a little less than 50/50. As for whether he should, well, as soon as not a single person is serving federal time on a nonviolent drug offense I’ll listen to an argument.

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