January 26, 2021

Rumors of Trump apologizing floated around Julian Assange & d; Butler blames the ‘false source’

U.S. Pastor Mark Burns, a close supporter of Donald Trump, sparked speculation on Monday evening that the outgoing US president would apologize to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Within three hours, however, he blamed the “false source” for the information and put an end to speculation for now. Stella Morris, an associate of Julian Assange, apologized to the WikiLeaks founder a few days after he tweeted to thank President Donald Trump.

Assange’s partner apologizes

Morris posted a photo of their two young children on Twitter: “These are Julian’s sons Max and Gabriel. They need a father. Our family needs to be whole again. “” I beg you, please bring him home for Christmas, “he added. Morris said he has been locked up exclusively in his cell for more than a week after a corona virus broke out in his prison cell. Earlier, on December 4, former CIA employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden called on outgoing US President Donald Trump to “release Julian Assange” who said he could “save his life”.

Meanwhile, Assange’s extradition trial began on September 7, and he appeared in London’s Central Criminal Court for four weeks. The judge overseeing the case said he would give his verdict on January 4 next year.

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The case of Julian Assange

The 48-year-old, currently incarcerated in Belmash, has been charged with 18 counts in the United States, including espionage law, for “conspiracy” to access U.S. military secrets between January and May 2010. If convicted, he faces up to 175 years in U.S. prison. WikiLeaks, an anti-secret organization, was founded in 2006 as a platform for anonymous publication of classified information by whistleblowers. By 2015, WikiLeaks had become a portal for publishing more than 10 million documents, including classified documents. Since its inception in 2006, WikiLeaks has published thousands of classified documents, ranging from national security, war, politics to the film industry. Assange is accused of plotting to obtain classified information with hackers linked to “anonymous” and “Lulsek”, according to an updated U.S. Justice Department indictment.

Assange’s Security Council says he is a journalist and deserves First Amendment protections for leaking leaked documents exposing US military wrongdoing in Iraq and Afghanistan. They also claim that the conditions he faces in an American prison violate his human rights. Assange jumped on bail in 2012 and sought refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, which became his home for seven years before he was deported and later arrested. He has been in London jail since April 2019.

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