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New lawsuit alleges America’s top spy agency spied on Julian Assange’s visitors

A group of American journalists and lawyers have sued the CIA and its former director Mike Pompeo for allegedly spying on them, in violation of their constitutional rights, during their visits to WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange while he was locked up at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

The lawsuit, which was filed Monday in the US District Court in New York, accused the CIA of violating the privacy rights of more than 100 US citizens who met Assange in 2017 and 2018. The agency , which is legally prohibited from collecting information on American citizens, spied on journalists, lawyers and even doctors who visited the Australian-born publisher and activist while he was sheltering in the embassy of Ecuador, according to the lawsuit.

Plaintiffs in the case include journalists John Goetz and Charles Glass, as well as two lawyers who have represented Assange, Deborah Hrbek and Margaret Kunstler.


Assange remained at the embassy for seven years, then was dragged off and imprisoned by British police after the Ecuadorian government ended his asylum protection in 2019. The lawsuit alleged that people who visited him had to surrender their cell phones and other electronic devices to Undercover Global. SL, the Embassy’s private security contractor, before meeting Assange. Unbeknownst to the Ecuadorian government, the security firm allegedly copied the data from the devices and passed it on to the CIA.

Pompeo, then the agency’s director, authorized and approved of the data theft — in violation of the plaintiffs’ Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure, the lawsuit alleges. The suit noted that Pompeo had sworn to go after WikiLeaks, calling him a “non-state hostile intelligence service”, while blasting Assange like a “narcissistic” a “fraud” and one “cowardly.”

UC Global also recorded conversations between Assange and his visitors on behalf of the CIA, according to the lawsuit. The unlawful spying exploited the private information not only of the plaintiffs, but also that of their friends, family members and associates, according to the suit.


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Assange is currently facing an 18-count indictment in federal court in the United States on espionage-related charges, which his lawyers have said is retaliation for publishing. “truthful information worthy of interest” on US military atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan. The publisher remains in a British prison, fighting extradition to the United States.

The new lawsuit cites several of the key documents exposed by WikiLeaks, including a US Army manual exposing the mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, video footage from an Apache helicopter showing US troops killing Iraqi civilians and a report of the US Air Force describing toxic combustion sources. on military bases.


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