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Julian Assange Lawyer Drops Another Bomb: After Pardon Fell Through, Trump Resorted To ‘Extortion’

Edwards Fitzgerald, an attorney for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, has accused the Trump administration of extortion in a London court, CNN reported Monday.

According to the news network, the WikiLeaks attorney appeared at Woolwich Crown Court along with U.S. prosecutors, who argued that Assange should be extradited the United States, where he faces 18 charges and up to 175 years in jail.

The development comes days after attorneys for Assange told the court that former Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) tried to broker a pardon deal between the White House and Assange if he would agree to say that Russia was not the source of hacked Democratic Party emails.

Fitzgerald said on Monday that Rohrabacher had called the pardon offer a “win-win.” But when the pardon fell through, the Trump administration tried to extort Assange with a political prosecution, according to the attorney.

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