Assange considers offer to appear before US Senate committee Aug 10, 2018 0 270 12345 REUTERSLONDONWIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in Ecuador's London embassy for six years, is considering an offer to appear before a US Senate committee to discuss alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election, his lawyer said on Thursday.WikiLeaks published a letter from the US Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday which asked Assange to make himself available to testify in person at a closed hearing as part of its investigation into whether Moscow meddled to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election.Russia rejects the claims and Trump has denied any collusion."The US Senate Select Committee request confirms their interest in hearing from Mr Assange," lawyer Jennifer Robinson said in a statement."The inquiry has asked for him to appear in person at a mutually agreeable time and place. We are seriously considering the offer but must ensure Mr Assange's protection is guaranteed."Assange has been living in the Ecuadorean embassy since he was granted asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questions about allegations of sex crimes, accusations that were later dropped.However, he would be arrested by British police for breaching bail conditions should he leave the building, and he has always said he fears being extradited to the United States for having published a huge cache of US diplomatic and military secrets on the WikiLeaks website.There were no details about how any interview with the US senators would be carried out, and a spokesman for Assange said:"Anything is possible with this"."'In person' hasn't been ruled out," he added.Ahead of the 2016 election, WikiLeaks published emails hacked from the Democratic Party and the personal email account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman.Last month, a US 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. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Trump sets goal to create US military Space Force by 2020 Aug 10, 2018 0 522 Firefighters make progress in quelling California wildfire Aug 10, 2018 0 239 Conservative party to probe Johnson for burqa remarks, mulls action Aug 10, 2018 0 324 US says Russia sanctions to target security-related goods REUTERS LONDON US sanctions on Russia will target exports of national security-related goods including sectors such as specialised oil and gas technology and some electronics and sensors, a senior US State Department .. Respite as Portugal blaze dies down Monchique Wildfires which have blazed along a smouldering stretch of Portugal's Algarve for a week died down on Thursday, but fears remained that winds could reignite the flames."It's calmer and we do not have .. Colombia blames kidnap of soldiers on ELN guerrillas Bogota Three off-duty soldiers were kidnapped by suspected ELN guerrillas on Colombia's northeastern border with Venezuela, authorities said on Thursday. The news comes a week after Marxist ELN rebels offered to .. Greek PM vows to revamp national disaster unit Athens Embattled Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday vowed to create a new national disaster unit as the death toll from last month's deadliest-ever wildfires rose to 93."What's important today is .. Nine dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey Istanbul At least nine migrants including seven children died early Thursday after their boat sank off the western coast of Turkey, local media reported. Four people were rescued by the Turkish coast guard after the boat .. Migrant rescue ship docks in Spain after Italy refusal Algeciras, Spain Close to two months after giving a high-profile welcome to the stranded Aquarius migrant rescue boat, Spain once again opened its ports Thursday to a charity vessel carrying 87 men and boys saved off .. US appeals court orders EPA to ban pesticide washington A divided federal appeals court on Thursday ordered the US Environmental Protection Agency to ban a pesticide that critics say can harm children and farmers. The 2-1 decision by the 9th US Circuit Court of .. Judge backs off comments to prosecutors in Manafort's trial REUTERS WASHINGTON THE judge in the trial of US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort expressed contrition on Thursday to jurors for harsh commentary directed at prosecutors. "I may have ..