>> As multiple government probes look into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. Reuters has learned that at least three of them are devoting resources to investigating the controversial web service WikiLeaks run by Julian Assange. Looking for any evidence of ties to Moscow. WikiLeaks released a trove of Democratic Party emails during the election in what US intelligence agencies say was an attempt by Russian hackers to help Donald Trump.
Mark Hozenball is on the story.>> There are multiple entities in the United States Government investigating WikiLeaks. There's at least three congressional committees, which are investigating Wikileaks. The Senate Intelligence Committee, the House Intelligence Committee, and the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate Intelligence Committee is tentatively begun to look at possible Russian involvement.
>> But a lawyer for Assange told Reuters the FBI probe run by Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, has not contacted him.>> Well, the intelligence agencies said last winter right before Obama left office. That Clinton-related emails, including the John Podesta emails and the Democratic Party emails were hacked by something called the GRU, which is Russian military intelligence.
And that they were passed to WikiLeaks via cutouts, which is the spying world jargon for intermediaries. And my sense is that they were passed through several intermediaries.>> Meanwhile, federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia, are conducting a criminal investigation into how Wikileaks obtained thousands of classified US Government documents.
Including ultra secret technical materials describing American spy agency hacking tools.>> And certainly Wikileaks and their lawyers who I've talked to believe that they're still under serious investigation. There may even be a sealed indictment against them.>> It's not known whether that probe, under way for years, has uncovered any Russia connection.
Confirmation of a definite Russian link would ramp up pressure on Assange. Who has lived in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for several years. After taking refuge there when Swedish authorities sought his extradition in a sexual molestation probe.