The presidential election has come to a close and Donald Trump is going to be the 45th President of the United States. Trump has many individuals to which he owes a debt of gratitude for helping him to do the seemingly impossible, including the head honcho of WikiLkeasl wanted hacker and alleged cyber terrorist Julian Assange.
Assange made worldwide news with his release of damaging information about then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton who lost in a shock defeat to Trump a little over a week ago. Now that the election is over Assange is looking to call in his chips and have Trump issue a pardon.
The moment could not have arrived at a better time for Assange who found himself being interrogated by Swedish prosecutors at the Ecuadorian embassy, where Assange has been hiding out for over four years to avoid prosecution for alleged sex crimes in Europe. Assange is also wanted in the United States in relation to one of WikiLeaks’ first projects, when then Bradley Manning released thousands of documents showing the United States military had been involved with various war crimes.
Assange’s lawyer said, “Through US counsel, we had reached out to the Obama administration, most recently just a few months ago, and we will continue to do so with future US administrations until the investigation is closed.”
It is difficult to imagine Trump lifting a finger to help Assange, even if he wanted to. Trump’s base is far too rabid and would never accept Assange receiving a pardon and Trump cares more about staying in power than repaying those who helped him.