US senators ask Assange to testify probe

Leroy Wright
August 10, 2018

"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.

Despite Assange's central role in the release of the DNC emails, the Senate intelligence committee's testimony request appears to the first time that investigators reached out to the Wikileaks founder.

There was also no immediate confirmation from the Senate committee. "We are seriously considering the offer but must ensure Mr Assange's protection is guaranteed". The letter says the committee requests Assange make himself available for a closed-door interview "at a mutually agreeable time and location".

WikiLeaks tweeted that Assange's lawyers are "considering the offer but testimony must conform to a high ethical standard," WikiLeaks wrote on Twitter. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA).

However, he would be arrested by British police for breaching bail conditions should he leave the building, and he has always said he fears being extradited to the United States for having published a huge cache of US diplomatic and military secrets on the WikiLeaks website.

His associate, radio host Randy Credico, said Assange would speak with Congress if they traveled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

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

Wikileaks published emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in the runup to the 2016 presidential election.

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

But according to Daily Beast reporting and special prosecutor Robert Mueller, Guccifer2.0 was a fictitious entity created by the GRU, Russian military intelligence.

The email releases have been linked to the alleged Russian conspiracy to influence the election via fake news and other means.

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