Trump told why he did not pardon Assange and Snowden

Former US President Donald Trump told why he didn’t & nbsp; solve the issue with & nbsp; criminal prosecution of former employee of the American special services & nbsp; WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. & Nbsp; what happened to them has two different perspectives, the former head of the White House said in an interview with the Daily Wire portal, commenting on the & nbsp; possibility of pardoning Snowden and & nbsp; Assange.

Trump explained that & nbsp; saw two sides of these stories when I was president.

On the one hand, it's kind of a spy story going on, but on the other, you have someone who exposed the real corruption. I had a feeling, I will not say which of them, but I had a feeling for one more than for the other.“I could & nbsp; did it, but let's just say there were people on & nbsp; both sides of the problem, good people. And & nbsp; bad people on the & nbsp; one side. But & nbsp; I decided, let the action go on, let the court sort it out. And & nbsp; I think the court is and & nbsp; does & raquo;, & nbsp; & mdash; the ex-head of the White House believes.

“Some things in the & nbsp; context of espionage, bad things saw the light of day, that & nbsp; threw us back and & nbsp; hurt us with what & nbsp; they did”, & nbsp; & mdash; Trump stated.

According to & nbsp; he said, later, those & nbsp; same & nbsp; people who pursued Assange and & nbsp; Snowden, aimed at & nbsp; himself “ so viciously and & nbsp; dishonest. '' “ I & nbsp; could & nbsp; go & nbsp; & mdash; I was & nbsp; very close to going the other way & nbsp; & mdash; pointed out by the former US President.

The Snowden Case

In & nbsp; 2013, Edward Snowden found himself at the & nbsp; center of an international scandal, having handed over secret documents related to the & nbsp; program of American intelligence services to & nbsp; spy on both & nbsp; US citizens and & nbsp; residents of other countries to the journalists of The Guardian and & nbsp; The Washington Post.

After that, he fled the United States and at the same time asked for political asylum from several dozen countries, including Russia, where he eventually received a residence permit.

In the & nbsp; USA, he is charged with illegal transfer of information of great importance for & nbsp; national security, deliberate transfer of intelligence information and & nbsp; theft of state property. Snowden faces up to & nbsp; 30 years in prison.

WikiLeaks publications

On the eve of the US presidential elections in & nbsp; October 2016, the WikiLeaks website published the correspondence of John Podesta & nbsp; & mdash; the chairman of the election campaign of the candidate from the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton. The & nbsp; letters dealt with nuclear energy issues, and & nbsp; donations to the & nbsp; Clinton Foundation from & nbsp; mining.

In the & nbsp; dissemination of this data and & nbsp; failure in the & nbsp; elections, Clinton blamed Russia. The US Department of Justice brought 17 charges against Julian Assange in & nbsp; May 2019. In the summer of 2020, the indictment was expanded. A new evidence base has appeared in the & nbsp; document. In & nbsp; in particular, the American authorities spoke about & nbsp; several conferences, at which the WikiLeaks founder allegedly tried to recruit hackers who could help him get classified information.

Assange recently suffered a stroke in the & nbsp; British maximum security prison Belmarsh, where is from & nbsp; 2019th. In the & nbsp; case of extradition to the & nbsp; USA, he faces up to & nbsp; 175 years in prison.

In & nbsp; 2020, Trump promised to pardon Assange if & nbsp; would that & nbsp; name & nbsp; the source from which & nbsp; received the texts of the hacked letters & nbsp; servers & raquo ;.

Alexander Akhtyrko

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