Congressman Rohrabacher’s presidentially-approved offer to pardon Julian Assange in exchange for information on the source of the 2016 leak of the Democratic National Committee’s emails offered no guarantees, would have ruined Assange’s reputation as a journalist, and wouldn’t have benefited Trump politically either, says Earl Rasmussen, executive vice president of the Washington-based Eurasia Centre think tank. “Yes, the Congressman did meet with Julian Assange and yes he did propose a potential resolution. However, there was no official position from the United States, no assurances provided by the State Department, the Justice Department or the White House. This was hypothetical and I think a reasonable topic to bring up with the Assange team. However, I do not believe that the Administration would have supported such a deal if it did occur. Moreover, Assange upheld high journalistic ethical standards by not revealing the source,” Rasmussen told Sputnik. According to the analyst, the dropping of the US charges against Assange would have benefitted him, at least temporarily, by allowing him to finally leave what was effectively his imprisonment inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. “However, he would have revealed his source and would have gone against his own ethical standards, thus weakening his journalistic… Read full this story
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