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Lawyers to seek asylum for Assange in France: report

Lawyers to seek asylum for Assange in France: report
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WikiLeaks founder Julian AssangeJulian Paul AssangeGlenn Greenwald discusses UK judge's rejection of US extradition request for Assange Will a British court's decision take Assange off the hook permanently? Assange denied bail in UK 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 MacronEU launches coronavirus vaccine campaign Macron now symptom-free after testing positive for COVID-19 France slowly allowing passengers, freight from UK to enter MORE, French lawyer Eric Dupont-Moretti said, according to the AP.

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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 TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit 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 GrishamMelania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots Trump resignations gaining steam GOP senators urging Trump officials to not resign after Capitol chaos MORE, the White House press secretary, denied Wednesday that former Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherOn The Trail: The political losers of 2020 California was key factor in House GOP's 2020 success GOP's Steel wins California House race after Democrat Rouda concedes 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.