WikiLeaks posts letter from Senate asking for Assange to testify

WikiLeaks says Senate Intelligence Committee has asked Julian Assange to testify in Russia investigation

On Wednesday, WikiLeaks said the Senate letter - dated August 1 - was delivered to Assange via the U.S. embassy in London, but the mission declined to comment when contacted by AFP.

In an exclusive interview with Colombian broadcaster NTN24, Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno Moreno discussed the conditions in which he would ask WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London. "We are seriously considering the offer but must ensure Mr Assange's protection is guaranteed". Richard Burr, and the ranking Democrat, Virginia Sen.

The U.S. committee's request comes at a time of growing speculation about Assange's future and his possible ejection from the embassy after six years.

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.

WikiLeaks lawyers informed that they were considering the offer, but "testimony must conform to a high ethical standard".

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

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"The committee requests that you make yourself available for a closed interview with bipartisan committee staff at a mutually agreeable time and location", the letter reads.

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

Assange believes that would pave the way for extradition to the United States for the publication of a huge cache of US diplomatic and military secrets on the WikiLeaks website.

His testimony could be useful to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the "bipartisan" investigation into Russian meddling Trump has branded a "witch hunt".

Assange has long figured into the Russian Federation investigations due to WikiLeaks' role in releasing hacked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2016.

The email releases have been linked to the alleged Russian conspiracy to influence the election via fake news and other means.

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