Obama Wants To Pardon Julian Assange

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Christian Datoc Senior White House Correspondent
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Malik Obama is going out on a limb to help Julian Assange.

Barack Obama’s half-brother tweeted early Wednesday morning calling on the United States president to issue a pardon for the exiled WikiLeaks founder.

Assange began livng in asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden where he is facing rape allegations.

In past months, Assange and WikiLeaks have published thousands of private emails purportedly revealing the inner workings of both Hillary Clinton’s inner circle and the Democratic National Committee.

Last week, Assange reportedly had his Internet connection cut off at the embassy in response to the massive email dumps.

“In recent weeks, WikiLeaks has published a wealth of documents, impacting on the U.S. election campaign,” Ecuador said in a statement on the decision. “This decision was taken exclusively by that organization.”

“The Government of Ecuador respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states. It does not interfere in external electoral processes, nor does it favor any particular candidate.”

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