World News

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'".

More news: Turkey's currency nosedives on economic concerns, US dispute

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.


  • Hundreds evacuated from campsites as southern France hit by flash flooding

    Hundreds evacuated from campsites as southern France hit by flash flooding

    Everything is being done to try and find him, with waterways being searched where possible. The worst hit areas are Gard, Ardèche and Drôme, which are all popular holiday sites.
    United States  to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation  for nerve attack in UK

    United States to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation for nerve attack in UK

    As CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reports , the new sanctions were announced the same day Republican Sen. A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin called the measures "unfriendly" and "unlawful".
    Buckeyes Fans Rally for Embattled Urban Meyer at Ohio Stadium

    Buckeyes Fans Rally for Embattled Urban Meyer at Ohio Stadium

    It is unclear whether or not OSU policy requires a school representative to reach out to the alleged victim in a case like this. An Ohio native, he flew in from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to lead a demonstration in support of Meyer at Ohio Stadium.
  • Samsung finally unveils its much-anticipated Galaxy Watch

    Samsung finally unveils its much-anticipated Galaxy Watch

    This automatically detects high levels of stress and offers breathing exercises to help keep users cetered and focused. The Samsung Galaxy Watch is dust- and water-resistant with a diving rating of 5ATM and a rating of IP68.
    Indonesia minister says quake deaths pass 300

    Indonesia minister says quake deaths pass 300

    Across much of the island, a popular tourist destination, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns. A humanitarian crisis looms in Lombok, where thousands are in desperate need of clean water, food, medicine, and shelter.
    Melania Trump's parents get United States  citizenship

    Melania Trump's parents get United States citizenship

    The Slovenian immigrants, a former vehicle dealer and textile factory worker, had been living in the U.S.as permanent residents . Viktor and Amalija Knavs took the citizenship oath on August 9, their lawyer, Michael Wildes, confirmed to Fox News.
  • Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality headset is ready for a reality check

    Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality headset is ready for a reality check

    Magic Leap had said that "many" product would be made available on more locations in next few months. Grordbort's Invaders is an action game involving invading evil robots, developed with Weta Workshop.
    Facebook launches AR games for Messenger video chat

    Facebook launches AR games for Messenger video chat

    When someone cracks a smile, a filter distorts their facial expression, and an animated sun pops up indicating who won. There are two games that will initially be available for users to plan with more set to be released soon.

    Where to watch meteor shower in UAE next week

    Even though this may be somewhat of a down year, the Perseids still typically are one of the best meteor shows of the year. To make the best of the meteors, observers should avoid built-up areas and try to find an unobstructed view to the east.
  • Turkey on the Economic Brink, Explained in a Dozen Charts

    Turkey on the Economic Brink, Explained in a Dozen Charts

    Erdogan urged a crowd in the city of Bayburt to exchange dollars and gold for Turkish lira to prop up the plunging currency. The United States is the biggest destination for Turkish steel exports with 11 percent of the Turkish export volume.
    Firefighters capture 'firenado' destroying Derbyshire factory

    Firefighters capture 'firenado' destroying Derbyshire factory

    The cause of the fire has not yet been established and an investigation has now begun, said a spokesman for the fire service. Now firefighters have released footage of the blaze and the mesmerising firenado, which reached a height of over 50ft.
    Malcolm Jenkins Resumes Protest By Raising Fist During National Anthem

    Malcolm Jenkins Resumes Protest By Raising Fist During National Anthem

    Kaepernick applauded the Dolphins players shortly after the display for their protest of "systemic oppression". The section said fines or suspensions could potentially be handed out to players who kneel during the anthem.