The outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, was speculated to pardon Wikileaks founder Julian Assange according to one of Trump’s earliest supporter.
“BREAKING: President Trump will pardon Julian Assange,” Pastor Mark Burns said.
However after his tweet went viral with it trending on social media, Burns said:
“Regarding Julian Assange tweet, Inadvertent tweet, faulty source, please disregard!”
Burns is an evangelical minister, political candidate and co-founder of the NOW Television Network.
He provided no further details for this revelation, but a campaign to pardon Julian Assange has been heating up.
Democrat lawmaker Tulsi Gabbard, Pamela Anderson, Australian MP George Christensen and many others have pushed for an Assange pardon.
“Please consider pardoning those who, at great personal sacrifice, exposed the deception and criminality of those in the deep state,” Gabbard recently said referring to Assange.
Julian Assange has been charged with 17 violations of the Espionage Act, which can court up to 175 years in prison.
His Wikileaks played an important role in the early years of bitcoin as after a blockade by financial services, including Visa and MasterCard, a division arose in bitcoin on whether Wikileaks should accept it for payments or otherwise in 2010.
Satoshi Nakamoto urged against it, but an article on PC World speculated Wikileaks might be saved by bitcoin, with that being the first relatively mainstream mention of the then just launched crypto currency.
Wikileaks did eventually accept bitcoin for donations, pocketing a small fortune of some $26 million worth of bitcoin as they kept some of it in BTC.
Assange moreover is a bitcoin supporter, introducing Eric Schmidt, the then Google CEO, to crypto.
Article updated with Burns’ backtracking statement.