A group of lawyers and journalists announced this Monday a complaint to the INC and its then director, Mike Pompeo, who they accuse of having spied on their conversations during visits to the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assangewhile he was in asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
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“We sue on behalf of several people who went to the Ecuadorian Embassy to visit Julian Assange and, unknown to them, all of their equipment was photographed and their conversations were recorded by a company under the direction of Mike Pompeo,” Richard Roth, one of the Australian’s lawyers, assured at a press conference.
The 51-year-old activist remains in Belmarsh maximum security prison in London while his appeal against his surrender to the US is resolved.
The US authorities accuse the Australian of twenty crimes for the information and documents he leaked on his website WikiLeaksin which he exposed the abuses committed by US troops in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Between 2012 and 2019, Assange took refuge in the Embassy of Ecuador in Londonuntil in April of that year he was arrested by an extradition order for USAafter the Government of that Latin American country withdrew his political asylum status.
This is where the alleged wiretapping took place, in which a Spanish company, Undercover Global, responsible for the private security of the embassy, was allegedly involved. The company and its owner, David Morales, also appear as defendants.
As Deborah Kerbeck, one of the plaintiffs, explained on Monday, she went to the embassy several times “to discuss sensitive legal matters.”
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“Upon arrival there was a strict protocol for the protection of Julian. They asked that passports, cell phones, cameras, laptops, recording devices and other electronic equipment be handed over to the security guards in the lobby.” detailed.
It was at this time, as they later learned, that allegedly “They disassembled our phones, removed and photographed SIM cards and downloaded data from our electronic equipment,” he added.
The lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of New York this morning and alleges that Pompeo oversaw and directed “an extraordinary campaign of illegal espionage on Assange’s lawyers and others inside the embassy”.
Not only did Pompeo lead the effort, but his agents, with the help of Sheldon Adelson’s security team, also recruited David Morales, then CEO of UC Global, to implement the breaches. claim the plaintiffs.