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US senators ask Assange to testify in Russia probe: WikiLeaks

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said today that its founder was "considering" a request by a US committee to testify about alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US elections.

The whistleblowing website posted on a letter purportedly from the Select Committee on Intelligence asking Assange to "make yourself available for a closed interview with bipartisan committee staff at a mutually agreeable time and location".

It added: "WikiLeaks' legal team say they are 'considering the offer but the conditions must conform to a high ethical standard'." In the run-up to the 2016 US presidential election, published documents hacked from Hillary Clinton's campaign.

officials have blamed for the theft of the documents, which they say was part of a deliberate attempt to hurt Clinton's chances.

They claim knowingly acted in concert with WikiLeaks has denied that the source of the material was the Russian government, while stressing it will never reveal where it gets its information.

WikiLeaks said today the letter -- dated August 1 -- was delivered to Assange via the US embassy in London, but the mission declined to comment when contacted by AFP.

There was also no immediate confirmation from the Assange is currently living in the in London, where he sought political asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to to face allegations of sexual assault and rape.

He said the claims were a political smear linked to WikiLeaks' work and said he feared being transferred from to the to face trial for the release of leaked US military documents.

The Swedish investigation has since been dropped but Assange stayed in the embassy, as he still faces arrest by for skipping bail six years ago. and Britain are currently in talks over his fate.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 23:50 IST