Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

WikiLeaks posts letter from Senate asking for Assange to testify

WikiLeaks posts letter from Senate asking for Assange to testify

The leaders of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence sent a letter to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange last week requesting that he speak with committee staffers about his connections to the Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

The U.S. committee's request comes at a time of growing speculation about Assange's future and his possible ejection from the embassy after six years.

"Neither Robert Mueller's team nor the US Senate Intelligence Committee has bothered to contact WikiLeaks or me, in any manner, ever", Assange wrote on Twitter in September a year ago.

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. "We are seriously considering the offer but must ensure Mr Assange's protection is guaranteed". Richard Burr and Sen.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017.

He was granted asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was accused of sex crimes, allegations that were later dropped.

During the 2016 election campaign WikiLeaks released hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta.

Mark Warner. Wikileaks wrote on Twitter that its legal team is "considering the offer but testimony must conform to a high ethical standard".

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

Assange believes that would pave the way for extradition to the United States for the publication of a huge cache of US diplomatic and military secrets on the WikiLeaks website.

The alleged interest comes amid an ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation to help him secure a victory.

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