Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder, has agreed to exchange his freedom for clemency for Chelsea Manning. If President Obama grants clemency Assange will voluntarily turn himself to U.S. authorities and serve time in prison.
WikiLeaks tweeted on Thursday. “If Obama grants Manning clemency, Assange will agree to US prison in exchange — despite its clear unlawfulness,”
Manning, previously known as Bradley, was an intelligence analyst with the US Army and while deployed to Baghdad in 2010 released the collateral murder video to Assange through Wikileaks and in 2013 was sentenced to 35 years in military prison. Manning is currently being held at Ft. Leavenworth and his initial request for clemency was denied in 2014 by the U.S. Army.
Assange is currently living in the Ecuadorian embassy in Russia after being asylum Quito in 2012 in order to avoid extradition to the U.S.