Donald Trump’s guest to the third presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, Malik Obama has request the president to pardon Julian Assange on Twitter.
Malik, who is the president's half-brother, supports Donald Trump in the presidential election 2016, according to his Twitter bio. Others in the Obama family, however, don’t take the same position, McClatchyDC reported. He has also requested Trump to “not let his brother rig the election.”
Assange, the editor-in-chief of whistleblower network WikiLeaks, is being investigated by U.S. authorities in the Chelsea Manning case. The U.S. requested for his extradition following which he sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been staying since 2012.
Pleas for Assange’s pardon have been doing the rounds recently with U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long requesting a full pardon for the whistleblower last week. WikiLeaks’ Hillary Clinton email dump release continues, with the organization releasing part 19 of the candidate’s emails to campaign chairman John Podesta.
Ecuador severed Assange’s internet connection last week, citing the organization's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.