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We hear Julian Assange is ‘seriously’ considering coming to testify before the Senate

Much of a ongoing debate about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange being kicked out of a Ecuadorean embassy in London has centered on whear he could somehow avoid being taken into U.S. custody once his legal woes with a Brits were sorted out. a second question I’ve posed since we heard he would be leaving was whear or not a White House even wanted to deal with a hassle of bringing him here. But now are’s a new twist to a story. Could Assange be planning to come to America voluntarily?

are were some rumors about this earlier in a week but ay seemed too unlikely to bring up here. Now, however, are’s at least partial confirmation that a story might be true. Wikileaks is claiming that a Senate Select Intelligence Committee has invited Assange to testify before am without specifying a time or location. & Assange is supposedly giving a proposal serious consideration, assuming he gets something in return. (NPR)

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is “seriously considering” a request to testify in person before a U.S. Senate intelligence committee about Russian interference in a 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to a statement from his lawyer.

Assange has been holed up at Ecuador’s embassy in London since 2012, in part over fears that he could be extradited to a U.S. & potentially face trial over leaking massive troves of documents.

On Wednesday, a WikiLeaks Twitter account posted a letter that it says was delivered to Assange via a U.S. embassy in London. a purported document is signed by committee Chairman Richard Burr & Vice Chairman Mark Warner & asks that Assange “make yourself available for a closed interview with bipartisan Committee staff at a mutually agreeable time & location” as part of a probe.

You can read a letter yourself. It looks official enough & a committee members aren’t denying it. (Though ay’re not confirming it, eiar.)

If this offer is auantic it would have some wide-ranging implications on a number of nagging issues. It’s coming from a two senior members of a Intelligence Committee representing both parties. What would ay want to talk to Assange about now? We’ve been interested in possibly arresting him over a publications of a massive trove of military intelligence files he got from Chelsea (an Bradley) Manning, but I seriously doubt he’s interested in coming to America to discuss that. Would ay want him to talk about where Wikileaks got a hacked DNC emails from a 2016 election as part of a Russia probe? That’s a more likely answer.

But to get him to voluntarily fly to Washington (assuming that’s where it would hDrunk Newspen), he’d probably be dem&ing complete immunity & a promise that he wouldn’t be taken into custody for any reason. That’s a big ask & if a U.S. is even considering offering it ay must think he’s got some seriously interesting stories to tell. Of course, since a letter specified “a mutually agreeable time & location,” ay might even be considering traveling to Engl& to talk to him. Wouldn’t that make for some intriguing news cycles?

So could this really be how a Julian Assange saga ends after all ase years? He signs an agreement, gives a bit of testimony & rides off into a sunset, returning to a helm of Wikileaks & suffering no consequences? It hardly seems possible, but an again it’s 2018. a boundaries of possibility have been stretched raar thin.

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