Readers will no doubt be shocked to learn the media’s top story of the day was a total hoax.

From BBC News, “Dana Rohrabacher denies offering Assange a pardon from Trump”:

A former Republican congressman has denied he offered a pardon to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on behalf of US President Donald Trump.

Assange’s lawyer said Dana Rohrabacher claimed to be acting “on instructions” from Mr Trump in offering clemency.

In return, the president was said to have wanted Assange to say Russia was not involved in leaking emails during the 2016 US election.

But Mr Rohrabacher, a former California representative, rejected the claims.

Here’s his full statement (which they didn’t reproduce or link to):

There is a lot of misinformation floating out there regarding my meeting with Julian Assange so let me provide some clarity on the matter:

At no time did I talk to President Trump about Julian Assange. Likewise, I was not directed by Trump or anyone else connected with him to meet with Julian Assange. I was on my own fact finding mission at personal expense to find out information I thought was important to our country. I was shocked to find out that no other member of Congress had taken the time in their official or unofficial capacity to interview Julian Assange. At no time did I offer Julian Assange anything from the President because I had not spoken with the President about this issue at all. However, when speaking with Julian Assange, I told him that if he could provide me information and evidence about who actually gave him the DNC emails, I would then call on President Trump to pardon him. At no time did I offer a deal made by the President, nor did I say I was representing the President. Upon my return, I spoke briefly with Gen. Kelly. I told him that Julian Assange would provide information about the purloined DNC emails in exchange for a pardon. No one followed up with me including Gen. Kelly and that was the last discussion I had on this subject with anyone representing Trump or in his Administration.

Even though I wasn’t successful in getting this message through to the President I still call on him to pardon Julian Assange, who is the true whistleblower of our time. Finally, we are all holding our breath waiting for an honest investigation into the murder of Seth Rich.

Isn’t this guy an old Bush leftover? Does he have a problem with the Stone jury foreman being biased, committing perjury? Does he have a problem with DoJ political persecution of Stone & Flynn?

The BBC continues:

The White House called the allegation “a complete fabrication and a total lie”.

[…] Assange has previously denied receiving the material from the Kremlin, although Russian intelligence officials have been indicted in the US for the leak.

I’m surprised they included that last line in their report as it shows what an obvious fraud the whole story was.

Assange told Sean Hannity in 2017 Wikileaks’ source was not the Russian government or a state party.

HANNITY: Can you say to the American people, unequivocally, that you did not get this information about the DNC, John Podesta’s emails, can you tell the American people 1,000 percent that you did not get it from Russia or anybody associated with Russia?

JULIAN ASSANGE: Yes. We can say, we have said, repeatedly that over the last two months that our source is not the Russian government and it is not a state party.

Mueller “indicted” some Russians living in Russia who will never face a day in court but the judge overseeing the case said last year that Mueller’s team provided “no evidence” the Kremlin was involved.

Trump would have little to gain from Assange repeating what he already said before.

This is just one more of those stories every controlled media outlet ran with to get free traffic and ad revenue as they know they will face zero repercussions when it’s finally exposed as a fraud.

Had any alt media outlet ran with a similar hoax and gotten even a fraction of the millions of clicks they generated they would already be algorithmically blacklisted, demonetized or outright banned from Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

So far, every indicator points to Trump letting Assange get burned just as he has done with everyone else who helped him get elected.

I would love nothing more than for him to prove me wrong but I’m not going to hold my breath.

I don’t want to be too hard on the president as he was the victim of the greatest witch hunt in history and may be subject to blackmail and threats against his family but with him giving into the establishment on so many major issues I don’t think sugarcoating the situation does us any favors.

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