US senators ask Assange to testify in Russia probe

London England. Julian Assange founder of the Wikileaks website that published US Government secrets has been wanted in Sweden

The letter, purportedly signed by Sens.

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

The letter to Julian Assange states: "As you are aware, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is conducting a bipartisan inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections".

In a letter delivered to Assange at his residence in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, committee chairman Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) requested that Assange make himself available for a closed interview "at a mutually agreeable time and location". Mark Warner, the lawmakers indicate that the testimony is part of the committee's inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Assange's claims run contrary to the Senate intelligence committee's findings that Russian Federation was behind the hacking of the DNC.

They claim WikiLeaks knowingly acted in concert with Russian intelligence.

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.

Assange has also hinted that there is a link between the death of Seth Rich, the director of voter expansion data for the DNC, and the publication of the DNC emails.

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"Whistle-blowers go to significant efforts to get us material and often very significant risks", Assange told Dutch television program Nieuswsuur in August 2016. Rich died 12 days after Wikileaks released the emails.

Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 2012, having been granted asylum, and later citizenship, by Ecuador.

Human RIghts Watch has called on the United Kingdom government to allow Assange to leave his embassy home without the threat of extradition to the U.S., where he could face life in prison.

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