U.S. asks Assange to front probe into alleged Russian interference

U.S. asks Assange to front probe into alleged Russian interference

In the August 1 letter, signed by Republican Sen.

Committee chairman Richard Burr and vice chairman Mark Warner, who both signed the letter, are yet to comment.

The organization said its legal team is "considering" the request, but wants it to "conform to a high ethical standard".

WikiLeaks said Wednesday that its founder Julian Assange was "considering" a request by a US Senate committee to testify about alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US elections.

There have also been reports that Ecuador and Britain have reached, or are about to reach, a deal on ending the asylum for Assange.

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Twelve Russian military intelligence officers hacked into the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic Party and released tens of thousands of private communications in a sweeping conspiracy by the Kremlin to meddle in the 2016 US election, according to an indictment announced days before President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July.

The whistleblowing website posted on Twitter a letter purportedly from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence asking Assange to "make yourself available for a closed interview with bipartisan committee staff at a mutually agreeable time and location".

Over a month before the Senate Intelligence Committee's letter arrived in London, ten Democrat senators sent a petition to Vice President Mike Pence, demanding that he press the Ecuadorian government to revoke Assange's asylum. The indictment does not indicate that Mueller interviewed Assange. Rich died 12 days after Wikileaks released the emails.

Australian-born Assange sought refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning about allegations of sex crimes which he has always denied.

Under Moreno, speculation had been growing over the possibility of Assange being ejected from the embassy as the Ecuadorean government increased pressure, first by suspending his internet and phone access in March then by withdrawing security in May.

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