Sonoran Policy Group, which has close ties with the Trump White House, is working to obtain a presidential pardon for Julian Assange.
Its Stryk Global Diplomacy unit is to “facilitate meetings and interactions with the president and president-elect administrations for client to obtain a full pardon for Julian Paul Assange, an Australian citizen, journalist and publisher, and will perform additional duties on an agreed-upon basis,” according to the Jan. 9 agreement with Blueprint for Free Speech.
Blueprint is a non-profit Australian charity that “works internationally to promote the right to freedom of expression without undue interference or intrusion.”
SGD is working on a pro bono basis.
The Justice Dept. is appealing a British judge’s decision blocking the extradition order of Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, to the US to face trial for violating the Espionage Act and conspiring to hack government computers.
Donald Trump has issued dozens of contentious clemency grants since losing reelection, noted the New York Times.
Assange supporters worry that Trump may not issue any more pardons in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot.