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Senate Intelligence Committee Requests Julian Assange Testify in Russia Probe

Senate Intelligence Committee Requests Julian Assange Testify in Russia Probe

Assange has been residing as an asylee at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for the last six years.

Pamela Anderson's self-described "romantic connection" with Julian Assange, as reported by Fox News, suddenly spices up the long-running investigation of Wikileaks' connections to Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.

As part of the committee's inquiry "into Russian interference in the 2016 USA elections", the letter says, "the Committee requests that you make yourself available for a closed interview with bipartisan Committee staff at a mutually agreeable time and location".

WikiLeaks is a central player in Russia's 2016-era active-measures campaign and surreptitiously interacted with Donald Trump's successful presidential bid.

"Neither Robert Mueller's team nor the US Senate Intelligence Committee has bothered to contact WikiLeaks or me, in any manner, ever", Assange wrote on Twitter in September past year. "We are seriously considering the offer but must ensure Mr Assange's protection is guaranteed".

He fled to the embassy seeking asylum as he faced possible extradition to the United States.

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

Arresting Assange is a US "priority", Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said.

"'In person' hasn't been ruled out", he added.

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

Last month, a USA federal grand jury charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking the Democratic computer networks as part of Moscow's meddling in the election to help Republican Trump.

Assange's claims run contrary to the Senate intelligence committee's findings that Russian Federation was behind the hacking of the DNC.

Ecuador and Britain are now in talks over his fate.

Days earlier, a source close to Assange told Reuters that the diplomatic impasse was coming to a head.