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Possible Trump Pardon Overshadows Assange Extradition Ruling

  • Assange faces U.K. ruling on U.S. extradition request Monday
  • WikiLeaks founder may have better chance of getting a pardon
Julian Assange has been in custody or self-imposed exile in London for the better part of a decade.

Julian Assange has been in custody or self-imposed exile in London for the better part of a decade.

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A U.K. judge will rule Monday on whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges after weeks of talk about a possible pardon from Donald Trump.

The decision from a London judge will come after President Trump, whose administration brought the charges, issued a plethora of pardons to political allies. And lawyers say the odds of clemency from Trump are better than a judge buying Assange’s arguments that his human rights will be trampled on in America.