Rep. Rohrabacher Meets With WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

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Rohrabacher spokesman Ken Grubbs said the congressman alerted the White House about his planned trip to visit Assange. Grubbs declined to elaborate on Johnson's relationship with Rohrabacher.

Johnson, who is known for being banned from Twitter after he asked users for help "taking out" a civil rights activist, said that he and Assange attorney Jennifer Robinson also were in the meeting.

Mr. Rohrabacher recalled the request after spending roughly three hours Wednesday meeting with the WikiLeaks chief at his residence in London's Ecuadorian Embassy.

Assange's claim contradicts the widely accepted assessment of the US intelligence community that the thousands of leaked emails, which indicated the Democratic National Committee rigged the nomination process against Sen.

In the approximately three-hour meeting, Assange told Rohrabacher that "Russia was not behind" the Democratic National Committee email hacks that got leaked to the public during the presidential election previous year.

How Assange intends to prove it wasn't Russian Federation, short of outing his sources, is unclear, but Rohrabacher did suggest he was provided with some specifics from Assange about which he intends to brief President Trump.

"Julian also indicated that he is open to further discussions regarding specific information about the DNC email incident that is now unknown to the public", he added.

In an interview Thursday morning with the Daily Caller, Rohrabacher was more explicit, saying he and Assange talked about "what might be necessary to get him out" and suggested they discussed a presidential pardon in exchange for Assange's information on the leaks. "He has given us a lot of information".

The lengthy sit-down, first reported by the Daily Caller, was held at at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Assange has taken asylum for the past five years after facing a sexual assault charge in Sweden.

As for other information to be given to the president, Rohrabacher said: "We left with the understanding that we would be going into further details in the near future".

Rep. Rohrabacher is the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, a position which might be of considerable import amid multiple Congressional investigations into the allegations of Russian Federation being behind the leaks.

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