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posted by hubie on Friday August 19 2022, @07:22AM   Printer-friendly

Assange lawyers sue CIA for spying on them:

Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sued the US Central Intelligence Agency and its former director Mike Pompeo on Monday, alleging it recorded their conversations and copied data from their phones and computers.

[...] They said the CIA worked with a security firm contracted by the Ecuadoran embassy in London, where Assange was living at the time, to spy on the Wikileaks founder, his lawyers, journalists and others he met with.

[...] Richard Roth, the New York attorney representing the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said the alleged spying on Assange's attorneys means the Wikileaks founder's right to a fair trial has "now been tainted, if not destroyed."

[...] It said Undercover Global, which had a security contract with the embassy, swept information on their electronic devices, including communications with Assange, and provided it to the CIA.

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

This, Roth said, violated privacy protections for US citizens.

Anyone knowledgeable on the law who can help unpack all the legal angles here (non-US citizen, US lawyers, in an embassy in a foreign country involving a private company)?


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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by DeathMonkey on Friday August 19 2022, @04:49PM (9 children)

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Friday August 19 2022, @04:49PM (#1267527) Journal

    It is possible that he committed a crime. You can make all the unsupported claims you want but we will see what a jury of his peers thinks.

    Neither one of us actually knows if he is innocent or not.

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  • (Score: 1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 19 2022, @05:47PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 19 2022, @05:47PM (#1267532)

    Typical democrat fascist. It's possible that he committed a crime, so... lock him up! You people are sick barbaric savages!

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 19 2022, @06:54PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 19 2022, @06:54PM (#1267542)

      And your mod squad provides catharsis? Feel better now? yeah, this is how you troll.. looks like you won, and he loses.. dirty shame that other people have to suffer for your doing.. no justice in this life.. We can only hope for better in the next one

  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 19 2022, @07:48PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday August 19 2022, @07:48PM (#1267555)

    Oops, this [soylentnews.org] was supposed to go here...

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 20 2022, @12:42AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 20 2022, @12:42AM (#1267600)

    It is also possible that you are guilty of molesting underage monkeys. Shall we extradite you to Borneo to stand trial for monkey molestation?

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Mykl on Saturday August 20 2022, @12:50AM (4 children)

    by Mykl (1112) on Saturday August 20 2022, @12:50AM (#1267602)

    It is far more likely that he did not commit a crime.

    A non-US citizen, residing outside of the US, broadly identified as a journalist, published information that was provided to them by someone else. If you want to make that a crime, then anyone reporting on any leak from any government department at any time is also criminal. Of course, that's likely the whole point of this.

    • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 20 2022, @05:26AM (3 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 20 2022, @05:26AM (#1267623)

      It is far more likely that he did not commit a crime.

      He offended a democrat administration, a criminal act by definition while democrats are in charge

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 20 2022, @07:39PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 20 2022, @07:39PM (#1267687)

        Troll

        Yeah, too bad all the moderators are democrats, this is how they troll. This is why such low quality people win elections, they are a true reflection of their constituency

      • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Tuesday August 23 2022, @07:32PM (1 child)

        by DeathMonkey (1380) on Tuesday August 23 2022, @07:32PM (#1268155) Journal

        He was indicted by the Trump administration.

        • (Score: 2) by Mykl on Wednesday August 24 2022, @03:12AM

          by Mykl (1112) on Wednesday August 24 2022, @03:12AM (#1268194)

          Trump loved Assange because he made Hillary look bad. I'm not sure why Trump eventually turned on him as well though.