Assange made bid for Russian visa: report

Assange made bid for Russian visa: report

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange reportedly made an attempt to obtain a Russian visa in 2010. 

“I, Julian Assange, hereby grant full authority to my friend, Israel Shamir, to both drop off and collect my passport, in order to get a visa,” said a letter written by Assange on Nov. 30, 2010, that was recently obtained by The Associated Press. 

The news service reported on Monday that Assange sought to get a visa from Russia during a time when many technology companies were cutting ties to his website and while he faced sex crime charges in Sweden. 

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The message the AP obtained is part of a large trove emails, chat logs and financial records that were leaked to the news organization. 

The AP noted that representatives for Assange, who is currently staying at a refuge inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, didn't return requests for comment about his attempt to receive a Russian visa. 

Kristinn Hrafnsson, who has operated as an Assange spokesman, called the revelation “rather uninteresting,” according to AP. The Russian Embassy in London added that it doesn't talk about details related to visa applications. 

Assange and his website are facing increased scrutiny over their alleged ties with the Kremlin. The FBI has said that Russian military intelligence turned over stolen emails from 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats seek leverage for trial Davis: Trump vs. Clinton impeachments – the major differences Sharice Davids to vote for Trump impeachment articles: 'The facts are uncontested' MORE’s campaign chairman, as well as those from other public Democratic figures, to WikiLeaks.

The AP additionally reported that it was able to confirm many of the documents turned over to them. The news outlet did this by either running them by five former WikiLeaks associates or by checking nonpublic details, including bank accounts, telephone numbers or airline tickets.

In addition to showcasing his attempts to obtain a visa, the documents also display how Assange tried to avoid being arrested and extradited to Sweden over charges that he sexually molested one woman and raped another, according to AP.