WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is “seriously considering” testifying just before the Senate Intelligence Committee investigating possible Trump campaign collusion with the Russian authorities, his law firm claimed.
On Wednesday, the WikiLeaks Twitter site posted a letter from the Senate panel inquiring Assange to “make on your own offered for a closed interview with bipartisan Committee personnel at a mutually agreeable time and spot.” It was signed by committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and vice chair Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.).
“The inquiry has requested for him to show up in human being at a mutually agreeable time and area. We are significantly thinking about the offer you, but will have to make sure Mr. Assange’s protection is guaranteed,” his attorney, Jennifer Robinson, claimed in a assertion.
Assange could potentially deliver a backlink involving the Russians — who hacked the Democratic e-mail, according to U.S. intelligence — and associates of the Trump campaign. Donald Trump’s extensive-time friend and casual campaign adviser Roger Stone has admitted to speaking with Assange during the campaign before the emails have been leaked. Stone also posted screenshots of his interactions with one of the Kremlin-joined hackers, Guccifer 2..
Assange has been holed up within Ecuador’s embassy in London considering the fact that 2016, in part mainly because of fears he could be extradited to the U.S. to deal with achievable prices following leaking some 20,000 paperwork from the Democratic National Committee soon before the presidential election.
He may possibly be inclined to cooperate with the Senate panel as his romantic relationship with Ecuador deteriorates. The Ecuadorian govt cut off Assange’s internet communications after it accused him of failing to comply with an agreement not to interfere with other nations’ affairs via social media, CNN reported. The nation’s latest president, Lenin Moreno, is a lot less supportive of Assange than his predecessor was. Assange is also in poor wellness, doctors who examined him not too long ago wrote in The Guardian.