WikiLeaks says Senate panel seeks 'closed interview' with Julian Assange

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Committee chairman Richard Burr and vice chairman Mark Warner, who both signed the letter, are yet to comment.

The self-styled radical transparency group, which USA intelligence believes is a catspaw of Russian intelligence, quoted its legal team to say it is "considering the offer but testimony must conform to a high ethical standard," presumably meaning on the part of the Senate staff who would conduct the interview.

WikiLeaks famously published emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton campaign chair John Podesta that were allegedly hacked by the Russian government.

Assange claims to have proof that Russian Federation was not involved in hacking the DNC and that he has information about it that has not yet been made public.

"The US Senate Select Committee request confirms their interest in hearing from Mr Assange", Robinson said in a statement."The inquiry has asked for him to appear in person at a mutually agreeable time and place". The committee is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers in July accusing them of hacking the DNC.

On Wednesday, WikiLeaks said the Senate letter - dated August 1 - was delivered to Assange via the U.S. embassy in London, but the mission declined to comment when contacted by AFP. Days after announcing a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Rich's killer, Assange brought up Rich when discussing the risks whistleblowers take to expose corruption.

When the host pressed Assange on whether Rich was the leaker, Assange said that Wikileaks does not reveal its sources.

Assange fled to the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012, seeking asylum from possible extradition to the USA, where he faced indictment under the Espionage Act for publishing leaked government documents.

News of the invitation to testify in the USA comes after Ecuador President Lenin Moreno said recently that he has no objection to the United Kingdom agreeing to extradite Assange to the U.S., if there is an understanding that he will not face the death penalty.