U.S. senators ask Assange to testify in Russian Federation probe

Lester Mason
August 9, 2018

In a letter delivered to Assange at his residence in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, committee chairman Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) requested that Assange make himself available for a closed interview "at a mutually agreeable time and location". The organization also pointed out that Warner was among 10 senators who demanded in June that Assange's asylum be revoked in violation of global law.

Assange has long figured into the Russian Federation investigations due to WikiLeaks' role in releasing hacked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2016. The emails, which suggested that Hillary Clinton colluded with the DNC to oust then-candidate Bernie Sanders, were an embarrassment to the Clinton campaign.

The Senate Intelligence Committee wants WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange to appear before them to testify regarding Russian election interference as part of their ongoing investigation, according to a letter shared by WikiLeaks' verified Twitter account. The committee is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

There was also no immediate confirmation from the Senate committee. In July, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers allegedly behind the "fictitious persona" Guccifer 2.o.

"Whistle-blowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often very significant risks", Assange told Dutch television program Nieuswsuur in August 2016.

When the host pressed Assange on whether Rich was the leaker, Assange said that Wikileaks does not reveal its sources.

The Swedish investigation has since been dropped but Assange stayed in the embassy, as he still faces arrest by British police for skipping bail six years 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.

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