US Senate Intelligence Committee calls Julian Assange to testify

US Senate Intelligence Committee calls Julian Assange to testify

WikiLeaks has published a letter, apparently from the U.S. senate committee investigating Russian election interference, asking Julian Assange to give evidence.

That's according to WikiLeaks, which tweeted Wednesday that a letter was delivered to Assange in London seeking a "closed interview" with committee staff at a "mutually agreeable time and location".

On Wednesday, WikiLeaks said the Senate letter - dated August 1 - was delivered to Assange via the United States embassy in London, but the mission declined to comment when contacted by AFP. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Sen. The committee is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The organisation's Twitter account stated: "WikiLeaks" legal team say they are "considering the offer but testimony must conform to a high ethical standard'". In July, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers allegedly behind the "fictitious persona" Guccifer 2.o.

She said Assange has been "wrongly accused of so many things," amid the investigation into the 2016 election interference in which Wikileaks reportedly played a role for distributing private emails from the Democratic National Committee that were reportedly hacked and sent to Assange's website.

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Assange has also hinted that there is a link between the death of Seth Rich, the director of voter expansion data for the DNC, and the publication of the DNC emails.

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

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 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.

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