Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

US Senate wants Assange to testify in Russia probe, WikiLeaks says

US Senate wants Assange to testify in Russia probe, WikiLeaks says

The organisation's Twitter account stated: "WikiLeaks" legal team say they are "considering the offer but testimony must conform to a high ethical standard'".

Assange, the driving force behind WikiLeaks, remains in Ecuador's embassy in London, where he has lived since seeking asylum in June 2012 following a now-dropped rape investigation in Sweden.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017.

"As part of that inquiry, the committee staff requests that you make yourself available for a closed interview with bipartisan committee staff at a mutually agreeable time and location".

The United States Senate Intelligence Committee has asked WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to testify, the organization said on Wednesday morning.

"According to Moreno, Ecuadorian authorities are now in talks with Assange's lawyers to work out an agreement that would ensure the security of the WikiLeaks' founder "'in line with the norms of global law".

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

He fears that if he leaves the building he will be extradited to the U.S. for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks, which has published reams of military and diplomatic secrets.

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.

The alleged interest comes amid an ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation to help him secure a victory.

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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