Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

US senators want Julian Assange to testify in Russia probe, says WikiLeaks

Assange’s Senate testimony could ‘destroy conspiracy theory that Russia hacked DNC’ – journalist Neil Hall Reuters
Patty Aguilar | 10 August, 2018, 21:32

WikiLeaks tweeted that Assange's lawyers are "considering the offer but testimony must conform to a high ethical standard," WikiLeaks wrote on Twitter.

"The US Senate Select Committee request confirms their interest in hearing from Mr Assange", Robinson said in a statement."The inquiry has asked for him to appear in person at a mutually agreeable time and place".

US Senate Permanent Special Committee on Intelligence offered Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, to testify in the case of Russia's possible interference in the US 2016 presidential elections, as the organization reported on Twitter.

Assange has remained sequestered, for the time being, in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been given diplomatic asylum after his controversial website Wikileaks published thousands of confidential defense and diplomatic documents in 2010.

The letter to Julian Assange states: "As you are aware, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is conducting a bipartisan inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections". Richard Burr, and the ranking Democrat, Virginia Sen.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London, Britain, February 5, 2016.

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Assange has been residing as an asylee at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for the last six years.

Assange was granted political asylum by Ecuador for the objective of avoiding extradition to the United States, where he is believed to be wanted for leaking government secrets.

Britain has said it will arrest Assange if he leaves the embassy as he skipped bail in order to take refuge in the building.

Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Knightsbridge residence since 2012, over fears he will be extradited to the United States to face prosecution over WikiLeaks' publication of leaked U.S. military and diplomatic documents.

WikiLeaks disseminated hacked emails from top Clinton campaign adviser John Podesta, as well as hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee.

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