FLASHBACK: WikiLeaks said Assange would agree to prison time if Obama commuted Manning

A WikiLeaks tweet about Julian Assange’s fate resurfaced on Tuesday after the White House announced that President Obama had commuted most of Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence.

WikiLeaks proposed a deal on Twitter last week that involved Assange agreeing to U.S. extradition if the current administration freed Manning, who was sentenced to more than three decades in prison for leaking Army documents to the government transparency site in 2010.

“If Obama grants Manning clemency, Assange will agree to US prison in exchange – despite its clear unlawfulness,” the group had tweeted.

Assange has lived in London’s Ecuador embassy since he claimed political asylum in June 2012. He is wanted by Swedish authorities on a rape charge and has said he fears the Swedish government will extradite him to the U.S. if he leaves the embassy to return to Sweden.

The Australian national was behind the high-profile email leaks that targeted Hillary Clinton’s camapign chairman in the heat of the U.S. presidential election last fall.

Assange did not immediately respond to the announcement involving Manning on Tuesday.

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