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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: 1) by khallow on Saturday August 20 2022, @12:04AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday August 20 2022, @12:04AM (#1267593) Journal
    It might wreck evidence collection, if the prosecution's case relies on evidence collected during this period. That's iffy since the alleged misdeeds predate the time he was in the embassy. It also publicizes poor decisions made by the US during this time. Spying on the Ecuadorians just because they're hosting the head of Wikileaks has some publicity and diplomatic blowback even if the case gets shot down.