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 TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE on Monday, urging him to work to secure the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeBiden DOJ to continue to seek Assange extradition Assange, Snowden among those not included on Trump pardon list Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon MORE.

Hynde tweeted Monday that Assange had been "duly punished" for his role in the leak of documents provided by Chelsea ManningChelsea Elizabeth ManningBiden DOJ to continue to seek Assange extradition Pardon talk intensifies as Trump approaches final 24 hours in office The Hill's Morning Report - An inauguration like no other 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.

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"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.

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