WikiLeaks’s Assange reportedly offers to show Schiff ‘there was no collusion’
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is willing to meet with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, to prove there was “no collusion,” according to an intermediary who spoke with MSNBC.
New York radio personality Randy Credico told MSNBC’s Ari Melber on Friday that Assange told him he is willing to be interviewed by Schiff to prove there was no collusion in the 2016 presidential election.
“He’s ready to show that there was no collusion … he’s willing to sit with Schiff and be interviewed,” Credico said.
Credico said Assange wants to talk to Schiff because “he can clear it all up.”
Schiff reportedly said that he would talk to Assange but only if he were in U.S. custody. Assange is currently residing in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid arrest and possible extradition to the U.S. on allegations of espionage.
“Our committee would be willing to interview Julian Assange when he is in U.S. custody, not before,” Schiff’s office said in a statement obtained by the Washington Examiner on Friday.
Assange’s WikiLeaks was responsible for releasing hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign that many claim came from Russian sources.
Roger Stone, who worked on the Trump presidential campaign, has been criticized for appearing to have collaborated with WikiLeaks on the release of the stolen emails. Credico reportedly acted as a go-between for Stone and Assange in 2016, and was subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee to discuss it.
Stone has denied having any knowledge the emails would be published despite publicly appearing to hint he knew they would be released.
Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, is examining Stone and his associates.
The House Intelligence Committee was also probing the issue, but Republicans on the committee announced earlier this year that their investigation found no evidence of collusion, leading Democrats in the committee to accuse Republicans of closing the probe too early.