Amid a lot of speculation on social media US President Donald Trump could apologize to Julian Assange before he leaves the White House. Lawyers prepare WikiLeaks founder for many possible legal outcomes while cryptocurrency users open their wallets.
According to the Twitter user Whale Alert, user donated a sizable amount of Bitcoin (BTC) for the legal defense of WikiLeaks and Assange over the past week. Yesterday someone sent 8.48 BTC, roughly $ 280,000 at the time of this story writing. to help the WikiLeaks founder while another user donated 4.51 BTC last Wednesday, a transaction worth $ 125,000.
A donation of 8.48 BTC ($ 281,195 USD) was made to WikiLeaks Donation Wallet!
– Whale alert (@whale_alert) January 4, 2021
A donation of 8.48 BTC ($ 281,195 USD) was made to the WikiLeaks donation wallet!
Funds arrive as Assange’s legal status in the UK remains uncertain. On Loy Day, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that the WikiLeaks founder would not be extradited to the United States. Assange is currently in a UK prison. However, he could face charges of violating the 1917 Espionage Act in relation to documents belonging to intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning if extradited to the United States. As of this writing, it has not yet been released.
The verdict appeared to coincide with Assange’s legal team’s argument that the WikiLeaks founder had an experience “Deterioration in his mental health” due to impending fees. The attorneys claimed that any extradition to the United States would put him “at high risk of major depression, which would lead to suicide”.
In response to the judgment, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced that he is ready to offer Assange asylum. According to a Reuters report, López Obrador supports the pardon of the WikiLeaks founder and describes him as a journalist in need of protection.
“I will ask the Foreign Minister […] Ask the UK government about the possibility of releasing Mr Assange and that Mexico is offering political asylum. “ said the Mexican President.
Before the decision was published, Some high profile cryptocurrency users had expressed support for Assange, including pressure on Trump to grant Assange federal grace before he left office on Jan. 20. On Sunday the CEO of Blockstream, Adam Back suggested that Assange should be released due to his role as a journalist:
Julian is a journalist. Fact. Inconvenient exposure to misconduct. It’s like in countries where journalists have disappeared but the two face western faces that do not represent the public will and are a self-serving tactical war machine. https://t.co/mTmZ1VakTr
– Adam Back (@ adam3us) January 3, 2021
Julian is a journalist. Done. Inconvenient exposure due to embezzlement. It’s like in countries where journalists are missing, but the two faced the western variant of the establishment, which does not represent the will of the public and is a selfish and dishonest tactical war machine.
Unconfirmed rumors about it have been circulating on social media Trump is considering pardoning Assange along with Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht and whistleblower Edward Snowden. However, with only 16 days remaining in the White House, the window of opportunity is closing for the President of the United States to grant pardon or mercy.