Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has called on US authorities to grant him the right to be interviewed, as his organisation seeks access to records of the 2016 presidential election and the White House’s handling of the terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
The founder of WikiLeaks, who has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, has previously been granted an interview with US officials under diplomatic immunity, including President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The Washington Post reported that Trump had told Flynn in March that the CIA could interview Assange for up to three hours and ask him about his role in WikiLeaks.
But the Post also noted that Trump’s lawyers had objected to the interview, arguing that the president would not be granted the privilege because he was under investigation by the FBI.
In a statement, Wikileaks said: “The president has repeatedly asserted that he has the right not to answer questions about the 2016 election and his administration’s handling it, but the US court system has consistently ruled that he can be compelled to answer such questions in the course of a criminal investigation.”
We continue to urge the court to allow Julian Assange to be granted a public interview and we look forward to the day when we can present his full set of evidence to the American people.
“The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The White the US Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a petition from Wikileaks to review the court’s refusal to hear its lawsuit against the US Justice Department.
In the petition, which seeks to overturn a June 9 ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that upheld the government’s refusal in part to grant Assange’s request for interviews, the US Department of Justice said it had received the petition and would consider it on a case-by-case basis.
A spokeswoman for the court said the agency had no comment on the petition.
Last week, the Justice Department also declined to hear the case of Assange, who is wanted in the US on suspicion of espionage.
The Associated Press has not independently verified the documents published by WikiLeaks, which included secret documents from the 2016 US presidential election.
The AP first published the classified documents on Tuesday.
The New York Times first published them on Thursday.