US Congressman Seeks Deal to Prove Russia Did Not Hack US Election

Author: us-russia
Comments: 0
US Congressman Seeks Deal to Prove Russia Did Not Hack US Election
Published 16-09-2017, 00:00
Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher has reportedly contacted the White House to offer a deal that would get WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of legal troubles.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher is trying to broker a deal with the White House to possibly pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in exchange for proof that Russia was not involved in hacking the 2016 election, local media reported.

Rohrabacher contacted White House Chief of Staff John Kelly this week to try to broker the deal, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Rohrabacher said he was seeking a "deal" that would involve either a pardon or some other form of leniency for Julian Assange.

In exchange, the WikiLeaks founder would hand over a computer drive or other data storage device that Rohrabacher said would prove that Russia was not the source of hacked material aimed at embarrassing the Democrats during the 2016 US election, the report added.

A Trump administration official confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that Rohrabacher had spoken to Kelly about the plan involving Assange.

Kelly reportedly responded that it would be better for the congressman to direct his request to the US intelligence community, the official told the Wall Street Journal.

Roharabacher met in August with Assange, who has sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 to avoid arrest and extradition to the United States.

After visiting the embassy in London, Rohrabacher said in a statement that Assange emphatically denied Russia was involved in hacking or disclosing emails stolen from the Democratic Party.

Russia has also repeatedly denied that it interfered in the 2016 vote, insisting that it does not meddle in the affairs of other countries.

During the 2016 election campaign in the United States, WikiLeaks published emails hacked from the account of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta.

 

sputniknews.com

Comments: 0
Experts' Panel
Are the U.S. and Russia...
The Sunday, February 24 edition of Russian state television’s...
Are the U.S. and Russia...
Top
popular in the journal
From July 4, 1776 to June 12, 1990

From July 4, 1776 to June 12, 1990

June 12th for Russians is to some extent the equivalent of July 4th for Americans when the former colony of the British Empire has declared its independence. ...
Vladimir Putin: The Real Lessons...

Vladimir Putin: The Real Lessons...

The Russian president offers a comprehensive assessment of the legacy of World War II, arguing that "Today, European politicians, and Polish leaders in particular, wish ...
RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 11 JUNE...

RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 11 JUNE...

RUSSIA AND COVID. Latest numbers: total cases 502K; total deaths 6532; tests per 1 million 95K. Russia has done 13.8 million tests (second after USA); among ...
Russian Diaspora Group Urges...

Russian Diaspora Group Urges...

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Russian Community Council of the USA (RCC) is urging authorities in Alaska's Sitka to refrain from removing a statue of city founder Alexander ...
\

\'Comrade Trump\': GOP PAC Mocks...

With the US presidential election in November looming large on the horizon, incumbent President Donald Trump is being criticised on many fronts: his response to the ...