US Senate Calls On Julian Assange To Testify

Julian Assange has been asked to testify before the US Senate Intelligence Committee as part of their Russia investigation, according to a letter signed by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA) posted by the official WikiLeaks Twitter account.

The letter, delivered to Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, reads in part "As part of the inquiry, the Committee requests that you make yourself available for a closed interview with bipartisan Committee staff at a mutually agreeable time and location." 

Wikileaks' says their legal team is "considering the offer but testimony must conform to a high ethical standard," after which the whistleblower organization added a tweet linking to a list of 10 Democratic Senators who demanded in late June that Assange's asylum be revoked in violation of international law: 

WikiLeaks also tweeted a link to a Human Rights Watch article: "UK Should Reject Extraditing Julian Assange to US," which reads in part: 

It has been six years since Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, fled to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to seek asylum from possible extradition to the United States to face indictment under the US Espionage Act. 

At the time, Assange, an Australian national, was wanted by Sweden for questioning over sexual offense allegations. Assange had also broken the terms of his UK bail. Since then, he has become even more controversial, having published US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails and internal emails from Democratic Party officials.

While some admire and others despise Assange, no one should be prosecuted under the antiquated Espionage Act for publishing leaked government documents. That 1917 statute was designed to punish people who leaked secrets to a foreign government, not to the media, and allows no defense or mitigation of punishment on the basis that public interest served by some leaks may outweigh any harm to national security.

The US grand jury investigation of Assange under the Espionage Act was apparently based on his publishing the leaks for which Chelsea Manning, a former US army soldier, was convicted. Her sentence was commuted. -HRW.org

Assange has been holed up in the embassy since 2012 for jumping UK bail on a Swedish arrest warrant for an alleged rape. In May, Swedish prosecutors decided to discontinue their investigation into the claims, which Assange denies and has never been formally chaged with. 

“Chief Prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange,” the prosecutor's office said in a statement, as quoted by Reuters.

Last August, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher travelled to London with journalist Charles Johnson for a meeting with Assange, after which Rohrabacher said the WikiLeaks founder offered "firsthand" information proving that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia, and which would refute the Russian hacking theory.

After Trump denied knowledge of the potential deal, Rohrabacher raged at Trump's Chief of Staff, John Kelly, for constructing a "wall" around President Trump by "people who do not want to expose this fraud." 

And in January of 2017, Julian Assange's legal team approached Clinton-linked D.C. lobbyist Adam Waldman to reach out and see if anyone in the Trump administration would negotiate with the WikiLeaks founder - only to have James Comey kill the deal

Waldman, who acted as an intermediary from 2009 - 2011 between Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and the FBI, worked for Assange pro bono. Assange's bargaining chip was a massive trove of CIA technical documents known as "Vault 7," which detailed the agency's massive cyber-warfare arsenal. 

After Assange's team made contact, Waldman reached out to Bruce Ohr - a DOJ official who would later be demoted in December, 2017 for failing to disclose secret meetings with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson. Bruce's wife, Nellie Ohr was hired by Fusion GPS as part of an ongoing anti-Trump effort. Fusion also produced the 35-page "Steele Dossier," written by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele.

Waldman and Ohr would meet in person on Feb. 3, 2017 in Washington, while Waldman and Assange met three times in London.

After Assange made clear that he would be open to redactions at most to protect the names of exposed officials, Ohr took Assange's offer up the chain of command at the DOJ - which by and large held Assange in contempt

Although the intelligence community reviled Assange for the damage his past releases caused, officials “understood any visibility into his thinking, any opportunity to negotiate any redactions, was in the national security interest and worth taking,” says a senior official involved at the time. -The Hill

After Assange's request was run up the flag pole, Senator Warner was issued a "stand-down" order by Comey. 

“He told me he had just talked with Comey and that, while the government was appreciative of my efforts, my instructions were to stand down, to end the discussions with Assange,” Waldman told The Hill

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Free This IridiumRebel Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:51 Permalink

two words = Petro-Dolla! The US reserve must stand so the hegemony continues!

The fiat system in the US was setup to fund the Vietnam War and continues to this day. Nixon was a sneaky one, closed the gold window!

Now look at our DEBT - it is out of control, and we are all gonna fry for it one day. Then there is the illegal Fed, making sure the pain is not too severe! One day it is going to spiral out of control and there will be capitulation!

The king dolla will die a slow death, but the world is awash with it, pumping through the veins of every CB! There will be much pain, until a new paradigm evolves. Tiny nation states all over the world - the squid will lose control at that point!

Now the communist left want to go full retard!

Think local. This game of thrones has to end!

I love America, I hate our .gov!!!!!!! They have become control freaks - Patriot Act, NDAA, Obamacare and the rest!

My family were the first settlers! But I am no more American than any other fine citizen here.

Equal justice under the law, and we have become a lawless nation of tyrants and serfs!

A law for thee and a law for me! That has to end!!!!

I lived through a civil war and it was bloody, I barely escaped that country but with a bag of clothes, had to leave everything behind!

We had 30 people outside of our home chanting they were gonna chop our heads off and throw them into the sea. I have seen much death and destruction, it was not pretty!

Social Democrats caused it, just like they are going to cause it here! Mark my words.

Antifa is but one organization, but there are many others in the shadows, and they will all marry up one day, then boom...everyone will be confronted with danger!

I hope for peace and harmony, but the left, and even some on the right, are intent on changing the system from the Constitution to outright communism.

You can take what I say or not, I have experienced it, and will bring it up to warn others, and I will stand against it, cause there is no way I let them take the Constitution down without a fight!

I am not running anywhere now!

Julian should never come here, he will be hanged by the corrupt US Corp! Spying on everyone to maintain control!

EDIT - all these down arrows will not stop me people! You think I am full of shit, but just wait and see! I bet the everyday German, Russian, Chinese citizen in their days prior to their horror felt the same way! Complacent and smug in their security. Carry on, I will eat the down arrows and gross mischaracterization of me all day, month and year long!

 

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Free This GoHillary2016 Wed, 08/08/2018 - 11:01 Permalink

I speak the truth sister! Nothing more, nothing less! I don't mince words either. Take it or leave it.

Where is your rebuttal, other than your Alinsky attack dog mode meant to isolate and degrade me!

You have no argument so you and your attack dogs try to pull me into your attack mode, I will not do it any more!

I feel like a dumbass falling for your tactics, now my name is mud here! So be it, I fell for your trap.

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lock-stick Last of the Mi… Wed, 08/08/2018 - 11:36 Permalink

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•• 07564111 ("I PRETEND I DON'T KNOW ANY OF THEM!")

•• MoreSun (whacked, OH SO WHACKED!!)

•• Africoman

•• Sanctificado

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•• bobcatz

dozens and dozens and dozens of banned log-on's -- more than seven years!

 

....and all the while, the pathetic little SPAMMER sits in his leaky, moldy, smelly single wide in Western New York, surrounded by garbage and dirty clothes, trying to find his dick amidst rolls of fat, talking to his ACTION FIGURES and wondering where his life went.

 

It's all ONE SICK, PATHETIC LIDDLE SPAMMER!!!

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HopefulCynical lock-stick Wed, 08/08/2018 - 12:03 Permalink

I have a very simple message for all the Marxist, Alinskyite Shareblue filth clogging up these discussions.

You've. Already. Lost.

Enjoy your Soros troll shekels, because that's all you're accomplishing. Whether the US gov stands or falls is not the point. Your ideology has been exposed as psychopathic, parasitic snake oil. If you actually succeed in starting the 'hot' civil war you're all hungering for, the only outcome will be your deaths.

It's already been decided. You had your chance, and were found wanting. The pendulum now swings away from you; NOTHING you do can change this, and any such attempts only make things worse for yourselves.

Have a nice day.

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lock-stick PrivetHedge Wed, 08/08/2018 - 15:03 Permalink

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•• roea.rita ("I SUCK DICK ON THE INTERNET FOR LAND ROVERS!")

•• Adolfsteinbergovitch ("I TORMENT THE WOMAN WHO SUCKS DICK!")

•• lisa.roy39  ("I SUCK DICK ON THE INTERNET FOR LAND ROVERS!")

•• Leakanthrophy (PORN for Jesus!)

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•• 07564111 ("I PRETEND I DON'T KNOW ANY OF THEM!")

•• MoreSun (whacked, OH SO WHACKED!!)

•• Africoman

•• Sanctificado

•• beemasters  (below)

•• Cheolli

•• bobcatz

dozens and dozens and dozens of banned log-on's -- more than seven years!

 

....and all the while, the pathetic little SPAMMER sits in his leaky, moldy, smelly single wide in Western New York, surrounded by garbage and dirty clothes, trying to find his dick amidst rolls of fat, talking to his ACTION FIGURES and wondering where his life went.

 

It's all ONE SICK, PATHETIC LIDDLE SPAMMER!!!

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you know they … Free This Wed, 08/08/2018 - 13:23 Permalink

Even if every word you wrote was the actual truth, and absolutely correct, no one would care.

You have wasted your chance to be an actual contributor, respected and listened to.

Why? Because you just don't know when to shut up. You talk, and you talk, and you talk, and you talk some more. Mostly, never saying anything. No one cares about you anymore. We skip over your comments. Don't even waste our time to down vote you.

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lock-stick PeeTardy Wed, 08/08/2018 - 11:10 Permalink

It's all ONE SICK, PATHETIC SPAMMER!!!

•• Free This (ABOVE, in all his 7th grade glory - JACKASS  as HIS new icon!)

•• roea.rita ("I SUCK DICK ON THE INTERNET FOR LAND ROVERS!")

•• Adolfsteinbergovitch ("I TORMENT THE WOMAN WHO SUCKS DICK!")

•• 07564111 ("I PRETEND I DON'T KNOW ANY OF THEM!")

•• MoreSun (whacked, OH SO WHACKED!!)

 

....and all the while, the pathetic little SPAMMER sits in his leaky, moldy, smelly single wide in Western New York, surrounded by garbage and dirty clothes, trying to find his dick amidst rolls of fat, talking to his ACTION FIGURES and wondering where his life went.

 

It's all ONE SICK, PATHETIC LIDDLE SPAMMER!!!

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new game lock-stick Wed, 08/08/2018 - 12:02 Permalink

plea to Tyler: clean up what is turning into a yahoo message board!

new account probation: limit posts, duplicate posting on sep. thread=termination, ect. ect.

for your own good and financial viability.

OR maybe moar retards= more click rev. i don't know, but i will say it is getting dumber than dumb can get dumb around here.

just sayin...

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el buitre Free This Wed, 08/08/2018 - 13:41 Permalink

I am a person of strong opinions as well, and I find little to down vote you with this comment.  I suspect that many of them are just reflex actions against the past two weeks of a generally obnoxious style of presentation and attempted domination of threads.

Where I disagree (but not enough for a down vote by any means) are:

-  I suspect that the disintegration of the dollar will not be slow but quick.  This is typical when an abused fiat outlives its normal life span.  The US government has lost its last support of the FRN, the threat of military engagement against all but the smallest and weakest countries, with the advances with Russian strategic armaments.

- I feel that the division between the "left" and the "right" is a globalist ops to divided and conquer.  Has worked well since Sumer.  So McStain and "Tickle my Butt" Graham are right and Adam Schiff is left, but you can barely put a filet knife between them on the issues.  Antifa, far left, is very reminiscent of Hitler's Brownshirts, except wimpier.  May they wind up also with a night of the long knives.  Left and Right go back to the late 18th century French parliament and have very little meaning today.  Two wings of the same ugly bird.  Keep to the specific issues.  I prefer G. Edward Griffin's distinction between individual recognition and forced collectivism.

BTW, where and when was this civil war?  You claim to be a natural born American and your English indicates that to be true.

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