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Abogados de Assange presentan demanda contra la CIA

The founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, sits on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017. afp_tickers

This content was published on August 15, 2022 – 18:29

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The American lawyers of the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, demanded this Monday the intelligence agency CIA and its ex-director Mike Pompeo, whom they accused of having recorded their conversations and copied the content of their phones and computers.

Los letrados y dos periodistas que se sumaron a la acción judicial, todos estudiantes, denuncian que la CIA violó el derecho constitución a la protección de las conversaciones confidentiales, en este caso con Julian Assange, que es australiano.

They say that the CIA worked with a security company contracted by the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Assange was living at the time, to spy on the founder of Wikileaks, his lawyers, journalists and other people with whom he met.

Assange was detained by the British police in 2019 after taking refuge for seven years in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Desde entonces está encarcelado en Belmarsh, cerca de la capital Britannica.

On June 17, the British government announced that it had signed a decree for extradition to the United States, a decision appealed by Assange.

The United States accuses him of publishing military and diplomatic documents from the United States in 2010 related to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, for which he could be sentenced to up to 175 years in prison.

Robert Boyle, the lawyer who represents the plaintiffs, assures that the alleged espionage of Assange’s lawyers implies that “it has been corrupted, if not destroyed,” the right of the founder of Wikileaks to a fair trial.

“The recording of meetings with friends, with lawyers and the copy of the digital information of their lawyers and friends is a violation of criminal prosecution because now the government knows the content of these communications,” Boyle told reporters.

“Tiene que haber sanctions, llegando hasta la desestimación de esos cargos, o el retiro de una solicitud de extradición en respuesta a estas actividades flagrantemente unconstitutionales”, he added.

The demand was presented by lawyers Margaret Ratner Kunstler and Deborah Hrbek, and journalists Charles Glass and John Goetz.

Todos visitaron a Assange when he lived in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, which gave him political asylum antes de retirárselo años después.

La demanda cites a la CIA, al exdirector de la agency y exsecretario de Estado de Estados Unidos Pompeo and la compañía de seguridad Undercover Global y su director ejecutivo, David Morales Guillén.

Sostiene que Undercover Global, which had a security contract with the embassy, ​​appropriated information from its electronic devices and provided it to the CIA.

In addition, he placed microphones around the embassy and sent recordings, as well as images from security cameras, to the CIA.

This, say the plaintiffs, violates the privacy protections of the citizens of the United States.

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