The Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde urges Trump to join effort to free Assange
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The Pretenders founder and songwriter Chrissie Hynde issued an open letter to President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE on Monday, urging him to work to secure the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeAi Weiwei stages silent protest against Assange extradition Psychiatrist says Assange told him he was hearing imaginary voices, music Assange extradition hearing delayed over coronavirus concerns MORE.

Hynde tweeted Monday that Assange had been "duly punished" for his role in the leak of documents provided by Chelsea ManningChelsea Elizabeth ManningHistory is on Edward Snowden's side: Now it's time to give him a full pardon Hillicon Valley: Justice Department announces superseding indictment against WikiLeaks' Assange | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI sees spike in coronavirus-related cyber threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology Justice Department announces superseding indictment against Wikileaks' Assange MORE, a former U.S. Army soldier and whistleblower, and urged Trump to pardon Assange.

Assange, who previously was living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for years, was arrested last year and now faces extradition to the U.S. Manning remains imprisoned for contempt of court over her refusal to testify in the case involving Assange.


"Soon, I will be participating in a protest in London against the extradition of #JulianAssange (@wikileaks)," Hynde tweeted. "I know my father would be mortified, but I feel strongly enough to do what I believe is the right thing; to protest further punishment of a man who sought to defend Freedom, albeit in a way you rightly disagree with."

"I know Mr. Assange broke the law (as i have done defending the treatment of animals) but I believe he has been duly punished and should now be set free. Please consider my plea," she added.