Spain: Court Probes Spying of Assange at Ecuadorean Embassy

The New York Times 2 months ago

MADRID — Spain's National Court said Wednesday it is investigating a Spanish security firm that worked for the Ecuadorean Embassy in London on suspicion that it spied on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for U.S. secret services during the seven years he spent in the embassy.

The court said it is investigating whether David Morales and his Undercover Global S.L. security agency invaded Assange's privacy and that of his lawyers by installing hidden microphones and other devices in the embassy.

It said the information gathered appeared to have been passed on to Ecuadorean and U.S. bodies.

Assange is jailed in London, fighting extradition to the United States on espionage charges.

He was given asylum in the embassy for some seven years after jumping bail in 2012 when Sweden sought his extradition on sexual misconduct allegations.

Court documents said Morales and his firm, based in the southern Spanish town of Jerez de la Frontera, were also under investigation for bribery and money laundering.

The court opened the investigation in August following a complaint by Assange and his defense team, but did not release the information until Wednesday as it had placed a secrecy order on the case.

A court official confirmed that Morales was arrested last month but is on conditional release.

Spanish newspaper El Pais, which first reported the story several weeks ago, said Wednesday that police arresting Morales confiscated computer hard disks and documents as well as two guns with erased identification numbers. It said Morales had his passport confiscated, financial accounts blocked and must report to the court every two weeks.


Source link
Read also:
ABC News › Incident › 2 months ago
Spain: Court probes spying on WikiLeaks founder Assange at Ecuadorean embassy in London
Washington Times › 2 months ago
Spain's National Court announced an investigation Wednesday into a security firm accused of spying on WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
The New York Times › 2 weeks ago
Recordings have emerged of private conversations that Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, had while living in the Ecuadorean Embassy. He and a Spanish prosecutor blame the United States.
The Sun › 1 month ago
WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange is expected to appear in person in court today, as his extradition case continues. Assange, 48, who spent nearly seven years inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, is wanted in the US over leaks of classified military...
Reuters › Finance › 3 weeks ago
Spain's BBVA on Wednesday told the country's High Court it bore no responsibility for alleged spying 15 years ago, and which is being investigated in a case which has roiled Spain's corporate sector.
The Week › 3 weeks ago
Sweden is dropping its probe into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange without an indictment. Assange had been under investigation for rape and sexual assault since he was ousted from his asylum-claiming hideaway at London's Ecuadorian embassy earlier this...
RT › 2 months ago
Is Earth under the watchful eye of “lurking” extraterrestrial spy probes? One US physicist argues that while it’s a distant possibility – it wouldn’t hurt to send out probes of our own to take a look and make sure. Read Full Article at RT.com
RT › 2 weeks ago
A private security firm that allegedly spied on Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London bragged about its nefarious activities and ties to US intelligence, according to German public broadcaster NDR. Read Full Article at RT.com
RT › 2 months ago
The Spanish security firm hired to guard the Ecuadorian Embassy in London during Julian Assange’s stay there gathered information on his Russian and American visitors and handed it to US intelligence, according to a new report. Read Full Article at...
RT › 1 day ago
A Spanish judge will question Julian Assange on a Spain-based security firm thought to have spied on him in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. His lawyer hopes it may help thwart the WikiLeaks founder’s extradition to the US. Read Full Article at RT.com
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google
OR