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Julian Assange says he's willing to return to the US

Assange remains bullish on his innocence.
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Infamous Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had previously said he would return to the US to face trial if the US granted clemency to Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of violating the Espionage Act after leaking a massive amount of classified government information, including 250,000 diplomatic cables. Earlier this week, President Obama commuted the vast majority of Manning's remaining sentence; she's now set to be released this May. Since then, the question has been asked if Assange would stick to his word -- and today, he said he might actually do it.

"I stand by everything I said including the offer to go to the United States if Chelsea Manning's sentence was commuted," Assange said today on a Periscope Q&A. "It's not going to be commuted (until) May. We can have many discussions to that point." This comes after he had previously indicated that he wouldn't be coming to the US. Assange's US laywer stated earlier this week that Manning's release after being imprisoned for seven years was "well short of what he sought." That's despite the fact that the Wikileaks account tweeted just last week that this offer was still on the table.

Regardless, this is all talk until Assange actually does something. He's been holed up in the Embassy of Ecuador in London since 2012 after violating his bail conditions.

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