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18:36  08 august  2018
18:36  08 august  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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WikiLeaks is claiming that the Senate Intelligence Committee has asked its founder Julian Assange to testify as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the election.

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WikiLeaks is claiming that the Senate Intelligence Committee has asked its founder Julian Assange to testify as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The organization, through its Twitter account, posted a letter dated Aug. 1 that purports to come from committee leaders Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) requesting that he make himself available "for a closed door interview with bipartisan Committee staff at a mutually agreeable time and location."

A spokeswoman for Warner declined to comment on witnesses. A spokeswoman for Burr also declined to comment.

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WikiLeaks says the Senate Intel Committee wants Assange to testify on Russia interference. The intelligence panel won’t verify whether the request is real. But if it is, and Assange officially agrees to be interviewed about possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign

The Senate Intelligence Committee wants to interview WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as part of Assange has long figured into the Russia investigations due to WikiLeaks ' role in releasing hacked A Justice Department indictment of 12 Russians last month said an unnamed organization, believed

Assange's legal team is "considering the offer but testimony must conform to a high ethical standard," WikiLeaks wrote on Twitter.

Assange's testimony would be of interest to those investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

WikiLeaks released troves of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta ahead of the 2016 election. The U.S. intelligence community has tied the email releases to the broader plot by the Russian government to interfere in the vote.

The unclassified U.S. intelligence assessment released in January 2017 concluded with "high confidence" that Russian intelligence officers "relayed material it acquired from the DNC and senior Democratic officials to WikiLeaks." James Comey, then FBI director, testified last year that WikiLeaks did not communicate directly with the Russians but used "some kind of cut-out."

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WikiLeaks says in statement it is ‘considering the offer but testimony must conform to a high ethical standard.’ WASHINGTON—The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to testify behind closed doors as part of the panel ’s investigation into Russian activity

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The founder of the WikiLeaks whistle-blowing organization, Julian Assange , is ready to testify in the investigation into Russia 's alleged meddling in the US presidential election 2016, Assange 's long-term associate Randy Credico said .

The Senate Intelligence Committee has been investigating Russian interference for more than a year, often interviewing witnesses behind closed doors and some in public. Meanwhile, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is spearheading the federal probe into Russian interference, which includes looking at whether there was collusion between President Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Last month, Mueller indicted 12 Russians working for the GRU, Moscow's military intelligence agency, for staging cyberattacks against Democratic officials and systems used to administer elections in the United States.

It was also revealed last year that Donald Trump, Jr., President Trump's eldest son, communicated with WikiLeaks during the campaign.

WikiLeaks said that a letter from the committee requesting his testimony was delivered via the U.S. embassy in London. Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's London embassy since 2012 evading allegations of sexual assault, but there has been recent speculation that Assange could soon be evicted.

Meanwhile, reports surfaced in April 2017 that U.S. officials were weighing charges against Assange under the Espionage Act. WikiLeaks first attracted attention nearly a decade ago when it published classified files stolen by former U.S. Army soldier Chelsea Manning. WikiLeaks' tweet on Wednesday also shared an opinion article arguing that Britain should reject an effort by the U.S. to extradite Assange.

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