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WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange may get a surprise pardon from US President Donald Trump.
Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher revealed he discussed discuss “what might be necessary to get him out” of asylum, when he met with Mr Assange earlier this week.
And speculation was reignited yesterday when Trump Alert, the Twitter account which tracks the President’s Twitter activity, reported that the President had begun following Mr Assange.
However, the President may have quickly unfollowed the Wikileaks founder, with the account no longer listed as on his followers for both his presidential and personal accounts.
Mr Assange has been holed up inside the embassy for almost exactly five years and has been granted political asylum by Ecuador.
The Australian hacker faced sexual assault charges in Sweden which have now been dropped but he could still could be deported to the USA, where he might face charges relating to publishing documents leaked by Edward Snowden on his Wikileaks site.
In his interview, Mr Rohrabacher suggested Mr Assange could be pardoned in exchange for information about the Democratic National Committee (DNC) email leak in 2016.
The California representative told the Daily Caller: “(Assange) has information that will be of dramatic importance to the United States and the people of our country as well as to our government.
“Thus if he comes up with that, you know he’s going to expect something in return.
“He can’t even leave the embassy to get out to Washington to talk to anybody if he doesn’t have a pardon.”
Mr Assange has controversially claimed Russia was not involved in the DNC email hack, contrary to reports by US intelligence services.