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CIA sued for spying on lawyers and journalists in Assange case

CIA sued for spying on lawyers and journalists in Assange case

London, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) Lawyers and journalists who visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange when he was under asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London filed a lawsuit against the CIA and its then director Mike Pompeo for espionage.
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According to the plaintiffs explained in a virtual press conference, the Spanish company in charge of security at the diplomatic legation, photographed and downloaded information from their computers and cell phones, and recorded conversations with the Australian journalist, by order of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Visitors who are lawyers, journalists and doctors often carry confidential information on their computers, attorney Richard Roth said, who pointed out that the U.S. Constitution protects its citizens from government overreach, even if it occurs in a foreign embassy or another country.

Two former agents of the Spanish company UC Global who testified anonymously said they spied on people who visited the Australian journalist, and shared the information with U.S. intelligence services.

In September 2021, the digital news platform Yahoo News reported that the CIA then led by Pompeo discussed plans to kidnap and assassinate the WikiLeaks founder at the Ecuadorian embassy.

Last June, Australian lawyer Jennifer Robinson, who is a member of Assange’s defense team, revealed that she reached a settlement with the British government after it admitted to the European Court of Human Rights that it kept her under surveillance during her client’s time under asylum in the diplomatic legation.

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