The White House has denied an allegation that president Trump had offered to pardon Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is fighting extradition to the United States.
Assange’s legal team had told a court in London, Trump made an offer to forgive Assange if he provided evidence disproving that the Russians had hacked the democratic emails published by Wikileaks. That email leak damaged Hillary Clinton’s presidential run against Trump in 2016.
The legal team says Trump had made the offer in 2017 through Dana Rohrabacher, who at the time was a California republican congressman.
White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham has dismissed the accusation saying president Trump barely knows Rohrabacher except as a congress man.
U.S. intelligence agencies concluded Russia interfered in the 2016 election to try to help Trump win, in part by hacking and releasing emails embarrassing to Clinton.
Assange spent seven years holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy before he was dragged out last April. He is wanted in the United States on 18 counts, including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law. He could spend decades behind bars if convicted.
U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 100,000
The United States has seen more covid-19 fatalities than the rest of the world having recorded more than one hundred thousand deaths in four months.
More than one and a half million persons are infected with the virus in the united states. That forms thirty percent of global covid-19 infections.
The US death toll is still climbing, and health officials say the actual number may be higher.
The Johns Hopkins University reports many Americans have died from covid-19 than from the Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.
The first US covid-19 infection was reported in Washington in January.
Reuters news agency reports twenty states, including North Carolina, Wisconsin and Arkansas have reported upticks in new cases.
Brazil Records Another 1,000-Plus Daily Coronavirus Death
Brazil, the second most affected country by the novel coronavirus has again recorded more than 1,000 new deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours.
The country which has confirmed more than four hundred thousand cases with nearly twenty-six thousand deaths on Wednesday, reported 1,086 casualties which brought the total number of deaths to 25,598.
The number of infected people in the country reached 411,821 after recording 20,599 new cases in the past 24 hours.
Brazil is grappling with a severe hit by coronavirus that has now made it the second highest infected country in the world behind the United States.
According to US-based Johns Hopkins University, United States the most affected country has confirmed 1,698,581 cases and 100,276 deaths.
A new study by researchers at Washington University suggests the numbers in Brazil could increase five-fold over the next month.
China’s Parliament Backs Controversial Hong Kong Security Law
China’s parliament has on Thursday approved a new security law for Hong Kong which would make it a crime to undermine Beijing’s authority in the territory.
Earlier, clashes broke as riot police were out in force in Hong Kong legislators debated another piece of legislation which would make it a crime to disrespect the Chinese national anthem.
The decision to impose such a law upon Hong Kong has led to a major backlash both domestically and internationally.
Police in Hong Kong made 300 arrests as thousands of people took to the streets after China unveiled plans to introduce national security legislation in Hong Kong.
On the developments in Hong Kong, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said developments in Hong Kong meant it could no longer be considered to have “a high degree of autonomy” from mainland China.
Details of the law are expected to be drawn up in coming weeks. It is expected to be enacted before September.
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