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Newsline: Assange hints that he’s ready to quit Ecuador embassy

Julian Assange has indicated that he is ready to face extradition after Barack Obama’s decision to free Chelsea Manning, the former soldier jailed for handing over classified documents to WikiLeaks. The outgoing US president used his final hours in the White House to take almost 30 years off Manning’s sentence. The former intelligence analyst, who as Bradley Manning went to school in Wales, said that she had passed on government and military documents to raise awareness about the impact of war. Mr Assange, who has been living at the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012 for fear of being extradited to the US, said: “Thank you to everyone who campaigned for Manning’s clemency.”


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