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US prosecutors disrupt Spanish probe into alleged CIA-linked agency which spied on Assange

US prosecutors disrupt Spanish probe into alleged CIA-linked firm which spied on Assange


US prosecutors are reportedly refusing to cooperate with a Spanish investigation into the corporate accused of spying on Julian Assange whereas he sought asylum within the Ecuadorian embassy, until the decide accedes to a listing of calls for.

Choose Jose de la Mata of Spain’s Excessive Courtroom is conducting an ongoing investigation into UC International. The agency was beforehand answerable for safety on the Ecuadorian embassy in London and now stands accused of spying on WikiLeaks founder Assange and passing delicate data to US intelligence. 

Testimony from witnesses, together with former workers at UC International, alleges that the corporate’s former proprietor, David Morales, furnished the CIA with recordings and experiences of Assange’s each day actions and conversations whereas residing within the embassy. 

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Nevertheless, US prosecutors are irritating the investigation into allegations that the agency spied on the journalist and picked up particulars of his confidential communications with legal professionals, politicians, kinfolk and fellow journalists. 

The prosecutors are demanding to know detailed details about the decide’s sources, in addition to his present suspected recipients of the illegally obtained non-public data within the US, earlier than they are going to cooperate with the investigation, El Pais is reporting. 

Choose de la Mata has requested US prosecutors for the IP (Web Protocol) addresses of all units which might be believed to have linked to UC International’s server, based mostly within the Spanish metropolis of Jerez de la Frontera, from the US. 

This server is believed to have saved the entire illicit recordings made by cameras put in by the agency within the Ecuadorian embassy. It is usually the place experiences detailing each one among Assange’s guests, together with pictures of their passports and various digital units, have been saved. 

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In accordance with testimony given throughout de la Mata’s investigations, US intelligence had entry to this treasure trove of extremely delicate data. The prosecutors are actually requesting proof that the requested IP addresses are “related and substantial to the investigation.”

Moreover, the prosecutors have demanded solutions to their questions earlier than October 16 or else they “will assume that Spanish authorities are usually not .”

Morales, a former army serviceman, was uncovered in 2019 and is presently beneath investigation for violating attorney-client privilege and privateness, in addition to different associated fees of bribery and cash laundering. 

In the meantime, Julian Assange’s extradition hearings have as soon as once more been postponed amid considerations that one of many legal professionals concerned has been contaminated with coronavirus.

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