WikiLeaks said that a letter from the committee requesting his testimony was delivered via the U.S. Embassy in London…
(The Hill) WikiLeaks is claiming that the Senate Intelligence Committee has asked its founder, Julian Assange, to testify as part of the panel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The organization posted a letter on its Twitter account dated Aug. 1 that purports to come from committee leaders Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) requesting that he make himself available “for a closed door interview with bipartisan Committee staff at a mutually agreeable time and location.”
A spokeswoman for Warner declined to comment on witnesses. A spokeswoman for Burr also declined to comment.
Assange’s legal team is “considering the offer but testimony must conform to a high ethical standard,” WikiLeaks wrote on Twitter.
Assange’s testimony would be of interest to those investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.
WikiLeaks released troves of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta ahead of the 2016 election. The U.S. intelligence community has tied the email releases to the broader plot by the Russian government to interfere in the election.
The unclassified U.S. intelligence assessment released in January 2017 concluded with “high confidence” that Russian intelligence officers “relayed material it acquired from the DNC and senior Democratic officials to WikiLeaks.” James Comey, then FBI director, testified last year that WikiLeaks did not communicate directly with the Russians but used “some kind of cut-out…”
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