Julian Assange Has Decided He Actually Won't Be Handing Himself In

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Following the last dash decision of Obama to commute whistleblower Chelsea Manning's prison sentence, all eyes were on the Ecuadorian embassy where Julian Assange has been hiding out since 2012.

Assange had previously pledged in a tweet that, were the president to grant clemency to the former soldier, he would agree to extradition to the US. His lawyers seemed to indicate he would uphold this promise and told the press that he would stand by his pledge, but he's apparently now decided having spent so long building a fort in the downstairs broom cupboard he's going to stay put.

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Barry Pollack, Assange's Us attorney said to The Hill, "Mr Assange welcomes the announcement that Ms Manning's sentence will be reduced and she will be released in May, but this is well short of what he sought. Mr Assange had called for Chelsea Manning to receive clemency and be released immediately."

Despite their being no small print on his very clear tweet, Assange has decided Obama's commutation doesn't meet the terms of his offer as it is not an immediate release, therefore he won't be handing himself in.

What a convenient time to be pedantic.

The cat spotted wearing a tie in the window of the Ecuadorian embassy, that we can only assume belongs to Mr Assange, wasn't available for comment.