We are in the tricky position here of assuming that just because Donald Trump is a serial liar, everything anyone who contradicts him might say is true, but it seems that Dana Rohrabacher conveyed a pardon offer from Trump to Julian Assange. Assange, who has already denied—apparently almost no one in U.S. intelligence believes him—that the Russians were behind “Gucifer 2.0,” who leaked “stolen” emails exposing Democratic National Committee favoritism for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primaries, was to receive a pardon for doing so. We actually still don’t really know, but merely “believe,” that the Russians were behind it. We do know that Clinton had indeed taken over the DNC.
John Simpson, “Trump ‘offered deal to pardon Julian Assange,’” Times, February 20, 2020, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/trump-offered-deal-to-pardon-julian-assange-zhtcfc2ld
- Mark Mazzetti and Katie Benner, “12 Russian Agents Indicted in Mueller Investigation,” New York Times, July 13, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/13/us/politics/mueller-indictment-russian-intelligence-hacking.html↩
- John Simpson, “Trump ‘offered deal to pardon Julian Assange,’” Times, February 20, 2020, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/trump-offered-deal-to-pardon-julian-assange-zhtcfc2ld↩
- Philip Bump, “What we know — and don’t know — about WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and the 2016 campaign,” Washington Post, April 11, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/04/11/what-we-know-dont-know-about-wikileaks-julian-assange-campaign/↩
- Donna Brazile, “Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC,” Politico, November 2, 2017, https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/11/02/clinton-brazile-hacks-2016-215774↩