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Possibility of Trump pardon overshadows pending Assange extradition ruling

Possibility of Trump pardon overshadows pending Assange extradition ruling
A U.K. judge will rule Monday on whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges after weeks of talk about a possible pardon from President Donald Trump.

Possibility of Trump pardon overshadows pending Assange extradition ruling Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, holds up a fist before speaking to media and supporters from a balcony at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on May 19, 2017.He initially sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 rather than face questioning in a Swedish sexual assault case, which was later dropped.The prospect of presidential intervention first gained traction early last year when Assange's lawyers said a congressman and a Trump associate met Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in the summer of 2017 to discuss a pardon if he revealed the source behind the leaked Democratic National Committee emails.And lawyers say the odds of clemency from Trump are better than a judge buying Assange's arguments that his human rights will be trampled on in America.

will comply with obligations in relation to human rights and legal process.Supreme Court and even the European Court of Human Rights, Hanratty said.

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