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Assange Mulls Testifying in US Probe into Russian Meddling

© REUTERS / Courtesy of WikiLeaksWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds up his new kitten at the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London, Britain. (File)
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds up his new kitten at the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London, Britain. (File) - Sputnik International
QUITO (Sputnik) - An attorney for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Sputnik the whistleblower was considering a call by a US Senate panel to testify in its probe into Russia’s alleged 2016 election tampering.

"I confirm that he has been notified about the offer. Mr. Assange is now considering it in consultation with his lawyers in the US," Carlos Poveda Moreno said.

A video link up with Julian Assange, journalist, founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, at the session, End of the Monopoly: The Open Information Age, held as part of the New Era of Journalism: Farewell to Mainstream international media forum at the Rossiya Segodnya International Multimedia Press Center (File Photo). - Sputnik International
US Intelligence Veterans Urge Governments to Ensure Assange's Right for Asylum
US authorities are conducting a multi-pronged inquiry into Russia’s perceived attempts to tilt the election in Donald Trump’s favor, a claim rejected as unfounded by the Kremlin.

Assange, whose website leaked evidence of Democratic bosses conspiring to sideline Bernie Sanders during 2016 primaries, bashed the Senate Intelligence Committee last October for not hearing him out.

This month the panel handed him an invitation to testify via US embassy in London. Assange has been living at Ecuador’s UK embassy for six years for fears of being extradited to the United States where he is wanted for exposing US war crimes in Iraq.

READ MORE: US Senate Intel Committee Urges Assange to Testify in Russia Probe

His lawyer said cooperation by Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno would be needed if the activist decides to testify. Moreno said last month he disapproved of Assange's activities after cutting his Internet connection in spring.

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