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Julian Assange says he will go to the USA

Press Association logoPress Association 19/01/2017

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is standing by his offer to go to the United States now that Chelsea Manning is being released.

Australian, Assange, speaking from the Ecuadorian embassy in London via a live stream, signalled there would be "many discussions" on his future before Manning leaves prison in May.

He welcomed Barack Obama's decision to free the former soldier jailed for handing over classified documents to the anti-secrecy organisation.

The outgoing US president used his final hours in the White House to allow Manning to go free nearly 30 years early.

The transgender former intelligence analyst, born Bradley Manning, said she had passed on government and military documents to raise awareness about the impact of war.

Mr Assange, who has been living at the Ecuadorian embassy since the summer of 2012 for fear of being extradited to the US, praised campaigners for their role in the decision.

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