The US Senate Intelligence Committee has requested that persecuted WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange testify before committee staff. The committee is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Above-Julian Assange addresses a crowd from the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London
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.”
WikiLeaks’ legal team said that they “are considering the offer but testimony must conform to a high ethical standard.”
Assange fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012, seeking asylum from possible extradition to the US, where he faced indictment under the Espionage Act for publishing leaked government documents. Since his de-facto house arrest in the embassy, WikiLeaks has continued to draw controversy, publishing then-candidate Hillary Clinton’s…
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One might predict Julian Assange and his legal team will accept the request to testify – under the condition it’s a public hearing for all the world to see. At any rate, the situation has seemed to positively evolve. The growing embarrassment of the Senators, who have no legal grounds for detaining Assange, has apparently reached critical mass, leaving them no other choice but to compromise. If it comes to Assange testifying in front of U.S. Senators, the number of people worldwide who tune in could shatter all records.
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I think you’re probably right, Jerry. As I recall he’s previously offered to testify.
Wouldn’t they love to get their hands on him!
Too true, Alan, but I think the involuntary incarceration in the Ecuador Embassy is slowly killing him.
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How long has it been? 6, 7 years!
As I recall, Alan, he first sought refuge in 2011