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WikiLeaks said that it’s co-founder Julian Assange in being spied on in Ecuador embassy.
A surveillance operation against Julian Assange in Ecuador embassy in London was uncovered by WikiLeaks, the whistleblower group said Wednesday and added that Images, videos, and documents gathered during the operation were offered for sale.
WikiLeaks that Spanish police undertook a sting operation against some unnamed people in Madrid who offered to sell the gathered intelligence.
WikiLeaks, during a press conference, said that some of the material came from video cameras installed last year after Lenin Moreno’s government came to power in Ecuador.
A Spanish judge is investigating the whole case. Kristinn Hrafnsson, the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks said he met the four individuals trying to sell the documents. One of them was not a Spanish national.
Hrafnsson said the surveillance was part of an effort to extradite Assange to the United States. “If you connect the dots it’s easy to draw that picture,” said Hrafnsson.
The surveillance, which included recordings of Assange’s meeting with his lawyers and doctors, invaded his privacy he added.
Ecuador caught in espionage operation against its refugee Julian Assange which: 1. Spied on his legal, medical visits 2. Stole legal notes during the middle of a court hearing against them 3. Secretly cooperated with US 4. Tried to extort him for 3M Eurohttps://t.co/l9KvnWrjK4
The Wikileaks founder accepted political asylum in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sex crimes, which have been dropped. However, in the last two years, ever since Moreno took office, a new set of draconian measures have reduced his fundamental rights, in regards to freedom of speech, visits, and movement inside the diplomatic mission.
Assange, who was granted Ecuadoran citizenship in December 2017, legally cannot be extradited as Article 25 of Ecuador’s 2008 constitution forbids extradition of nationals. Yet he has denounced attempts, influenced by U.S. pressure, to strip him of this right.