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Pompeo faces lawsuit alleging US spied on visitors to Julian Assange


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Pompeo faces lawsuit alleging US spied on visitors to Julian Assange

Pompeo faces lawsuit alleging US spied on visitors to Julian Assange

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – A group of US citizen journalists and lawyers who visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange while he was living in asylum in Ecuador… 02.11.2022, Sputnik International

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Assange, wanted by the US government for disclosing classified information and violating the Espionage Act, took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy from June 2012 until his arrest in April 2019, after which hearings began to extradite him to the United States. The lawsuit, which was filed in August, includes lawyers and journalists who met Assange while he was living at the embassy. The lawsuit alleges that visitors were required to hand over their electronic devices to private security personnel before meeting Assange. Private security personnel copied the information from the devices and passed it to the CIA, then headed by Pompeo, without the complainants or the Ecuadorian. knowledge of the government, according to the lawsuit. The group is suing Pompeo, the CIA and the private security company and its CEO. On Tuesday, Assange’s defense committee shared a video on social media showing Pompeo being served with the lawsuit, providing formal notice of the lawsuit against him, as is typically required in civil cases. Last month, the CIA confirmed receipt of his court summons, according to court filings. which guarantees a right to privacy. The lawsuit asks a jury to assess the case and award damages. Additionally, he asks the CIA to purge any records it may have related to the allegations. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – A group of US citizen journalists and lawyers who visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange while he was living under asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London have sued the former CIA Director Mike Pompeo, a lawsuit alleging the US government spied on them during their visits, shows video shared by the Assange Defense Committee.

Assange, wanted by the US government for disclosing classified information and violating the Espionage Act, took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy from June 2012 until his arrest in April 2019, after which hearings began to extradite him to the United States.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed in August, include lawyers and journalists who met Assange while he was living at the embassy. The lawsuit alleges that the visitors had to hand over their electronic devices to private security personnel before meeting Assange.

Private security personnel copied information from the devices and passed it to the CIA, then headed by Pompeo, without the knowledge of the plaintiffs or the Ecuadorian government, according to the lawsuit.

The group is suing Pompeo, the CIA and the private security company and its CEO.

On Tuesday, Assange’s defense committee shared a video on social media showing Pompeo being served with the lawsuit, providing formal notice of the court case against him, as is typically required in civil cases.

Last month, the CIA confirmed receipt of his court summons, according to court documents.

The plaintiffs claim that the alleged surveillance amounts to a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees the right to privacy. The lawsuit asks a jury to assess the case and award damages. Additionally, he asks the CIA to purge any files it may have related to the allegations.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.



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