‘I Don’t Pay a Lot Of Attention To Mr. Assange’s Tweets…’: Obama Shades Wikileaks Founder in Presser
During his final Presidential press conference, Barack Obama got a little sassy.
When it was announced that Obama had commuted Chelsea Manning‘s sentence yesterday, all eyes were on Julian Assange, who not only created Wikileaks, where Manning leaked the information that got her incarcerated, but whose organization also tweeted this:
If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case https://t.co/MZU30SlfGK
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 12, 2017
Assange has not been charged with any crimes in the U.S., but still backed out of his promise to come back by having a lawyer say this to the Hill:
Mr. Assange welcomes the announcement that Ms. Manning’s sentence will be reduced and she will be released in May, but this is well short of what he sought … Mr. Assange had called for Chelsea Manning to receive clemency and be released immediately.
Today, after all of that, played out online and in the news, a reporter from Fox News asked Obama, “Julian Assange has now offered to come to the United States. Are you seeking that and would he be charged or arrested if he came here?”
“I don’t pay a lot of attention to Mr. Assange’s tweets,” Obama said, “so that wasn’t a consideration in this instance and I refer you to the Justice Department for any criminal investigations, indictments, extradition issues that may come up with him.”
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