Julian Assange considering offer to appear before US Senate committee

Cheryl Sanders
August 10, 2018

WikiLeaks announced the invitation to Assange in a tweet on Wednesday including a letter addressed to the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he is claiming asylum.

Assange is now living in the Ecuadoran embassy in London, where he sought political asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault and rape.

There was also no immediate confirmation from the Senate committee.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in Ecuador's London embassy for six years, is considering an offer to appear before a U.S. Senate committee to discuss alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, his lawyer said on Thursday. The letter says the committee requests Assange make himself available for a closed-door interview "at a mutually agreeable time and location".

"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.

Assange was granted political asylum by Ecuador for the objective of avoiding extradition to the United States, where he is believed to be wanted for leaking government secrets.

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 U.S. military documents.

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.

As for the question of whether he would be granted full asylum in Ecuador, Valencia said that this is a complex issue that requires unlimited time, because his decisions necessary to reach an agreement between the government of Britain, Ecuador and lawyers of the person involved. In July, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers allegedly behind the "fictitious persona" Guccifer 2.o.

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