Senate Intelligence Committee Calls on Wikileaks Founder to Testify

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WikiLeaks on Wednesday posted on Twitter an image of the letter, which was signed by the committee's chairman, North Carolina Sen.

WikiLeaks claimed on Twitter that the letter was delivered via the United States embassy in London, although both the embassy and the senate select committee on intelligence declined to comment when contacted by Sky News.

The US Senate Intelligence Committee has requested that persecuted WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange testify before committee staff. "We are seriously considering the offer but must ensure Mr Assange's protection is guaranteed". Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Sen.

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The self-styled radical transparency group, which US intelligence believes is a catspaw of Russian intelligence, quoted its legal team to say it is "considering the offer but testimony must conform to a high ethical standard," presumably meaning on the part of the Senate staff who would conduct the interview.

The letter, which could be a fabrication, is marked 1 August and was addressed to the Ecuadorian embassy, where Assange has been a resident since 2012. The letter says the committee requests Assange make himself available for a closed-door interview "at a mutually agreeable time and location".

Sweden dropped its investigation into Assange over allegations of sexual offenses in May 2017.

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He said the claims were a political smear linked to WikiLeaks' work and said he feared being transferred from Sweden to the United States to face trial for the release of leaked USA military documents.

Britain has said it will arrest Assange if he leaves the embassy as he skipped bail in order to take refuge in the building. In July, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers allegedly behind the "fictitious persona" Guccifer 2.o.

In the summer and fall of 2016, WikiLeaks published thousands of emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee's servers and from Hillary Clinton senior aide John Podesta, which were pilfered by Russian intelligence.

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