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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 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’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 MacronTwo students were paid to identify slain French teacher, authorities say French mosque closed in crackdown after teacher's beheading French high school teacher decapitated in possible terrorist attack 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 John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 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 cancels campaign appearance over 'lingering cough' The Memo: Trump grapples with credibility gap in crisis President Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 MORE, the White House press secretary, denied Wednesday that former Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherDemocrat Harley Rouda advances in California House primary Lawyers to seek asylum for Assange in France: report Rohrabacher tells Yahoo he discussed pardon with Assange for proof Russia didn't hack DNC email 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.