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Assange alleges Trump offered him ‘quid pro quo’

Just as Trump’s impeachment trial has ended, another ‘quid pro quo’ story involving Trump emerges…

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Johanna Ross, journalist based in Edinburgh, Scotland…

A revelation in Westminster Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday sent shockwaves through the mainstream media. It is being widely publicised that in 2017 US President Donald Trump offered Julian Assange a pardon if he was to declare that Russia had not been the source of the DNC hack, which had exposed emails discrediting then presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. A lawyer representing Mr Assange, the former Wikileaks editor who faces extradition to the United States, put forward evidence that former US congressman Dana Rohrabacher had visited him in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2017, in the early days of Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US election.

Edward Fitzgerald QC said that the statement from Assange’s lawyer described: “Mr Rohrabacher going to see Mr Assange and saying, on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr Assange … said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC leaks”. The deal was allegedly offered a year after Assange published the DNC troves, which provided insight into the inner workings of the Clinton campaign, and proved highly embarrassing and damaging to the presidential nominee. Clinton allies accused both Wikileaks and Russia at the time of working in cahoots with the Trump campaign.

Although Julian Assange was always reluctant to declare outright that the source was in fact not Russia, due to Wikileaks’ policy of not naming its sources, a visitor to the Edinburgh office of Sputnik news, back in November 2016, did just that. Friend of Assange, Craig Murray, the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, told journalists that he had recently been to see Assange, who had assured him that the source of the DNC hack was in fact from within Washington. He went further to say that he had met the person responsible for the leak, and that it was someone from within the DNC.  The story was then picked up by other news outlets, which spread doubts regarding the Democrats’ claims of Russia being involved in the hack.

Several former US intelligence analysts, including former NSA officer Bill Binney, have also come out publicly and said that the DNC could not have been hacked by Russia, but most likely came from within the DNC itself.  A piece published by Patrick Lawrence titled “A New Report Raises Big Questions about Last Year’s DNC Hack,” also claimed that for technical reasons, the data that was allegedly downloaded to a hacker could not have been done so in the way suggested because it was downloaded at a much faster rate than would have been possible given the technology available to such a hacker at the time. Indeed it has been said that the data could only have been retrieved internally and loaded onto a device such as a thumb drive.

As for Dana Rohrabacher, he denies offering a ‘quid pro quo’ to Assange on behalf of Trump.  He states on his website: ‘I was not directed by Trump or anyone else connected with him to meet with Julian Assange. I was on my own fact finding mission at personal expense…However when speaking with Julian Assange, I told him that if he could provide information and evidence about who actually gave him the DNC emails, I would then call on President Trump to pardon him.’  Rohrabacher then says that on his return to the US he called General Kelly to say Assange would be prepared to provide information about the DNC emails in exchange for a pardon. He vouches that he had no further discussions on the matter with anyone from the administration, including President Trump. The White House, for its part, also strongly denies any such offer was made on behalf of Trump. Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said: ‘The President barely knows Dana Rohrabacher other than he’s an ex-congressman. He’s never spoken to him on this subject or almost any subject…It is a complete fabrication and a total lie.’ Whether or not Rohrabacher was indeed acting on behalf of Trump, the emergence of this story can only be of further detriment to both Trump and the bid to extradite Assange.

Julian Assange, who is currently being held in Belmarsh Prison in the UK, is facing 18 charges in the US, none of which are in connection to the DNC hack, but instead concern WikiLeaks’s publication of diplomatic cables and files detailing illegal atrocities carried out by the US military in Afghanistan and Iraq and which were provided to Wikileaks by former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. His extradition hearing is due to start on at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday.  There are grave concerns however about the state of Assange’s health, with 117 doctors signing an open letter in the medical journal The Lancet this week, calling for an end to what they describe as his ‘psychological torture and medical neglect’. They state: ‘Should Assange die in a UK prison, as the UN special rapporteur on torture has warned, he will have effectively been tortured to death…The medical profession cannot afford to stand silently by, on the wrong side of torture and the wrong side of history, while such a travesty unfolds.’ Recently UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn also shared concerns about Assange’s plight and called on his extradition to be halted and the European Commissioner for Human Rights on Thursday announced her opposition to any extradition, citing the ‘chilling effect’ it would have on media freedom and human rights.

It remains to be seen whether such pleas will fall on deaf ears. But with new questions now being raised as to whether Donald Trump did indeed offer Julian Assange a pardon, the timing of these court revelations is significant.  It isn’t too much a stretch of the imagination to think that they could impact negatively on the US’ extradition case. Boris Johnson will now have to decide whether the UK-US ‘special relationship’ is indeed worth jeopardising Britain’s record on press freedom and human rights.

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Truth as a Revolutionary Concept
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Truth as a Revolutionary Concept

The only way that’d have worked is if Trump wanted the source as proof, so either Assange is beyond compromise or saving it for a rainy day or there’s no proof or his lawyers are playing games or the media are playing games, as usual.

Anyway, nothing is as it seems any more. Journalism is dead in America (and certainly in the UK). Its evil cousin Propaganda has broken in and occupied the house.

Tom Welsh
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Tom Welsh

For Assange to join in the US dirty political games would itself be an admission of defeat. He has done nothing wrong, and has already been falsely punished without the slightest trace of legal justification.

Free Assange, you B@stards
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Free Assange, you [email protected]

He exposed war crimes. By the perpetrators rule book, that deserves another war crime as his punishment.

The worst of course are the war crimes the perpetrators farm out to their jihadi, banderite & lower Americas death squad proxies to commit.

j t
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j t

I think you’re right: “nothing is as it seems any more.” I can’t, and haven’t been able to for decades, simply read a headline, or even an entire article, or read/hear some soundbite that someone supposedly said, or someone said that someone said, and know that it’s the truth, or that even if it is factual, ie, if it is quoted accurately and the person actually did say it, if it was taken in context or not. That keeps me from commenting much on Assange and ANYthing I read anywhere about him. I do hope he is well or is… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

He might be feeble, but I do hope that Assange has the smarts to stay away from Americans…

oldandjaded
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You do realize he is being extradited, right? Not quite sure how having “the smarts to stay away from the Americans” is going to work, he is in neck deep, “Staying away from the Americans” doesn’t appear to be on his menu of choices. Or are you suggesting that rather than taking advantage of an opportunity to save himself by simply telling what he knows to be true, he should participate in a cover-up for Hillary, the DNC’s and CIA’s complicity in the murder of Seth Rich, and be willing to go off to Guantanamo to protect them? I assume… Read more »

Anthony Enos Wicher
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President Trump and Dana Rohrabacher are both telling the truth. Rohrabacher went to meet with Assange on his own and suggested (without Trump’s authorization) that the President might offer Assange a pardon in turn for evidence about where the DNC files published by Wikileaks came from. I think Assange probably told Rohrabacher that it would be fine with him. Rohrabacher then tried to meet in person with President Trump but was blown off by former Chief of Staff General Kelley, and that was the end of it. Trump never heard from Rohrabacher. He has also not heard from former NSA… Read more »

oldandjaded
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“Rohrabacher went to meet with Assange on his own and suggested (without Trump’s authorization) that the President might offer Assange a pardon in turn for evidence about where the DNC files published by Wikileaks came from. I think Assange probably told Rohrabacher that it would be fine with him. Rohrabacher then tried to meet in person with President Trump but was blown off by former Chief of Staff General Kelley, and that was the end of it. ”
Facts^^ and ALL OVER the public record for better than two years now. Infobrics is the “CNN” of the Duran.

oldandjaded
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An important point I forgot, word is that it was Comey who killed the deal, not Trump. My guess is the deal never even got to Trump, and Comey is eyeballs deep in the Seth Rich killing, he was running interference on the email scandal from day 1.
https://lidblog.com/james-comey-killed-cooperation-agreement/

Paul Martin
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Paul Martin

It’s practically justifiable not reading any more “news” on Assange at the moment, since there are far too many cooks in the kitchen, and what they’re serving up isn’t even food for thought… I can understand propaganda sprinkled on as an unavoidable condiment, but not as the main ingredient.

Democracy Drowns in Deception
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Democracy Drowns in Deception

“I can understand propaganda sprinkled on as an unavoidable condiment, but not as the main ingredient.”

Just plug ‘Idlib’ into your browser window if you want to get another taste of what the MSM tries to feed us as journalism. That’s a 24/7/365 decade long menu of their ‘main and only ingredient’.

oldandjaded
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Its just a flat-out GROSS distortion, for one thing, Trump wasn’t even a party top it, the offer was from the Department of Justice. InfoBrics is just pure click-bait trash, Duran for the hard of thinking. But I am not going to corss the line and ask for censorship, someone has to keep the “proles” happy.

Free Assange, you B@stards
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Free Assange, you [email protected]

Quid? Isn’t that what the MI6 pros pay al Qaeda with for their services in Syria?

They probably pay a guy named Quo with Quid to destabilize Hong Kong too.

T W Huning
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T W Huning

Seth Rich of course. His murder tells us so.

br8nstorm
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br8nstorm

It was not a quid pro quo. Assange was being offered immunity for his testimony on the death of Seth Rich, who was murder while working under HRC and the DNC during the 2016 Democrat Campaign.

br8nstorm
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br8nstorm

It makes me wonder though, why no Senator has champion The Free Speech of Wikileaks as the protection for Assange as a witness, to his American associate’s murder?
You’re wondering it too… The murder of Seth Rich was Bipartisan.
Trump and the Republican Party gain less by helping the democrats solve their murder…
It was a bipartisan assassination.
That’s why there were no investigation-by the Obama/Biden Administration.

American Graffiti
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American Graffiti

Why no Senator has………?

That’s easy. Because Caligula’s horse would have made a better Senator than the bulk of that sorry lot.

Brett Harris
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Brett Harris

These two articles from Lucy Komisar, might shed some light on the rather peculiar behaviour of Julian Assange’s lawyers:

Assange lawyers’ links to U.S. govt & Bill Browder raises questions
https://www.thekomisarscoop.com/2019/11/assange-lawyers-links-to-u-s-govt-bill-browder-raises-questions/

London Times runs fake Browder story by acolytes Ben Brandon & Alex Bailin
https://www.thekomisarscoop.com/2019/10/london-times-runs-fake-browder-story-by-acolytes-ben-brandon-alex-bailin/

The expatriate Australian windbag, Geoffey Robertson QC is one of Browder’s most vocal advocates attempting to poison the Australian Federal Law with an extra-judicial, human rights abusing, Magnitsky Act.

Moscow Mules: NYT Secret Sources Claim Russia Backing Trump Re-Election

What’s on board the C-17 Globemaster III flying from Turkey to Poland?