WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeMexican president says he sought pardon for Assange from Trump British high court rules Assange can be extradited to US to face espionage charges Julian Assange given permission to marry in prison MORE’s defense team announced Thursday that they will seek asylum for their client in France, The Associated Press reported.
Assange, who was charged with spying, faces a trial for extradition to the U.S. that begins next week. The defense team spoke at a Paris news conference, arguing that the case against him is unfair, aggravating his poor health and violating his rights.
“We consider the situation is sufficiently serious that our duty is to talk about it” with President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronNew French law bans unvaccinated from restaurants, venues Europe's energy conflict fuels outbreak of realism about climate policy The US must consider using its Arctic advantage against Russia MORE, French lawyer Eric Dupont-Moretti said, according to the AP.
The attorneys also warned that if the U.S.’s extradition case is successful it could have “consequences for all journalists.”
The legal team is developing a “concrete demand” for the French president to consider giving Assange asylum in a country where he has children, the AP reported.
Baltasar Garzon, the Spanish coordinator on the team, confirmed that the lawyers will argue that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyers to Supreme Court: Jan. 6 committee 'will not be harmed by delay' Two House Democrats announce they won't seek reelection DiCaprio on climate change: 'Vote for people that are sane' MORE’s administration offered Assange a pardon if he showed proof that Russia was not involved in the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s email.
Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamThe Hill's Morning Report - Voting rights takes center stage for Democrats Lawmakers take stock of election laws in wake of Jan. 6 anniversary Raskin: Grisham told Jan. 6 panel about 'names that I had not heard before' MORE, the White House press secretary, denied Wednesday that former Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherNow someone wants to slap a SPACE Tax on Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, et al 'Blue wave' Democrats eye comebacks after losing reelection Former Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building MORE (R-Calif.) had offered Assange a pardon at the president's behest.
“The President barely knows Dana Rohrabacher other than he’s an ex-congressman,” she said in a statement. “He’s never spoken to him on this subject or almost any subject. It is a complete fabrication and a total lie.”
Assange spent seven years in Ecuador’s London embassy before he was kicked out and arrested by British police for missing bail.