This post is pure speculation on my part, but it's what makes sense to me.
Going back to my earlier post, it makes sense that Trump is planning to pardon Assange in exchange for information, particularly the source of the DNC leak:
Pros of Trump pardoning Assange
- Exposing DNC with the source of the leak, and why he was really killed
- Appears to be a free speech advocate, and garners support from establishment critics
- Retains his status as being anti-establishment, which helped him win the 2016 election
- He may get other sources of information from Assange, which could prove useful in the 2020 election
- No support from establishment in either major party
- counterpoint: he's never had it to begin with
They likely have thought of it, and so has Trump, but the problem lies in Sweden out for his blood for the bogus rape charge. The UK wants him extradited to Sweden, and he's currently in the UK's custody. They're likely waiting for a chance to bring him into the US, and then they'll give him the deal. By appearing to be apathetic about Assange's fate on Twitter, Trump may be lulling other US politicians into thinking he won't raise up a finger in his defense. This may make it easier and quicker to get Assange into the US.
But isn't Trump courting the same establishment hacks that want the leaked information suppressed?
When has he ever? He's never courted them, and he's known for being anti-establishment, as least on a very visible level.