Talk of Assange pardon worries intelligence community

Talk of Assange pardon worries intelligence community, by Joe Uchill.

A GOP lawmaker’s suggestion that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be pardoned by President Trump is being eyed warily by people in the intelligence community. …

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), who has come under scrutiny for his own ties to Russia, is behind the Assange pardon push.

The deal Rohrabacher is trying to cut: pardon Assange in exchange for information he claims proves Russia did not collude with the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential race. …

Julian Assange in the Ecuderian Embassy, 2014

Rohrabacher claims Assange offered him “firsthand” evidence during the meeting that would prove there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the race.