Julian Assange Will Agree To US Extradition — On One Condition

Julian Assange Will Agree To US Extradition — On One Condition
WikiLeaks announced Assange will agree to U.S. extradition if President Obama pardons Chelsea Manning.

WikiLeaks says founder Julian Assange will agree to be extradited to the U.S. if President Barack Obama pardons Chelsea Manning.

Assange has been holed up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, avoiding extradition to Sweden, where he faces sexual assault allegations.

Assange was granted asylum by the embassy after voicing concern that Sweden would extradite him to the U.S., where he could be prosecuted for publishing leaked military documents — many of which were provided by Manning. 

Manning is a former U.S. soldier. She's currently serving a 35-year sentence for releasing more than 700,000 documents from the U.S. State Department.

Manning, who identifies as female, is being held in an all-male facility at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. She reportedly tried to commit suicide twice in 2016 and went on a hunger strike to protest her treatment in prison.

Manning petitioned for clemency in November. She's rumored to be on Obama's commutation "short list."