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US senators want Julian Assange to testify in Russia probe, says WikiLeaks

US senators want Julian Assange to testify in Russia probe, says WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks tweeted Wednesday morning that the U.S. Senate panel, in an August 1 letter, sought an interview.

His lawyer Jennifer Robinson has today confirmed Assange is "seriously considering" the the request but explained there would be caveats attached.

There have also been reports that Ecuador and Britain have reached, or are about to reach, a deal on ending the asylum for Assange. "We are seriously considering the offer but must ensure Mr Assange's protection is guaranteed".

The letter from Burr and Warner said: "As you are aware, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is conducting a bipartisan inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections".

The letter, from Richard Burr, chairman, and Mark Warner, vice-chairman, respectively of the panel, was sent on 1 August through the USA embassy in London.

It added: "WikiLeaks" legal team say they are "considering the offer but the conditions must conform to a high ethical standard'".

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His associate, radio host Randy Credico, said Assange would speak with Congress if they traveled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

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

Britain has said it will arrest Assange if he leaves the embassy as he skipped bail in order to take refuge in the building.

He fears that if he leaves the building he will be extradited to the USA for questioning over the activities of WikiLeaks, which has published reams of military and diplomatic secrets. In July, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers allegedly behind the "fictitious persona" Guccifer 2.o.

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 USA election, according to an indictment announced days before President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July.

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