Julian Assange considering offer to appear before US Senate committee

Elias Hubbard
August 10, 2018

WikiLeaks tweeted a picture of a letter signed by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA).

The organization said its legal team is "considering" the request, but wants it to "conform to a high ethical standard".

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 organization also pointed out that Warner was among 10 senators who demanded in June that Assange's asylum be revoked in violation of worldwide 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. Stolen emails, many politically damaging to Clinton, appeared on WikiLeaks in the campaign's final stretch.

The President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno said that the founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange may leave his refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in any time, but only subject to all of the rights of the prisoner to the Embassy.

"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 previous year.

They claim WikiLeaks knowingly acted in concert with Russian intelligence. Days after announcing a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Rich's killer, Assange brought up Rich when discussing the risks whistleblowers take to expose corruption.

Whether Assange knew that those behind Guccifer 2.0 were Russian agents is not addressed in the indictment.

Under Moreno, speculation had been growing over the possibility of Assange being ejected from the embassy as the Ecuadorean government increased pressure, first by suspending his internet and phone access in March then by withdrawing security in May.

News of the invitation to testify in the USA comes after Ecuador President Lenin Moreno said recently that he has no objection to the United Kingdom agreeing to extradite Assange to the U.S., if there is an understanding that he will not face the death penalty.

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