A Spanish security firm is suspected of spying on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Agence France Presse reported.
“Spain’s National Court is investigating a Spanish private security firm suspected of spying on Julian Assange in favor of the United States while he was at the Ecuadorian embassy in London,” the statement said on Thursday.
It is explained that The company Undercover Global Ltd, which was responsible for security at the embassy where the founder of WikiLeaks and its owner David Morales installed hidden microphones and other tracking devices in the embassy, was hiding.
“Undercover Global is suspected of installing microphones in the embassy’s fire-fighting system, as well as in the women’s restrooms, where Assange usually met with his lawyers for fear that he would be spied on. The meetings Assange had with his lawyers, as well as visits to doctors and others, were recorded. The collected information was then transferred to computer servers, which were accessed by both Ecuadorian and American intelligence services,” the publication reads.
In addition, it is reported that Morales also traveled frequently to the U.S., “sometimes more often than once a month” to personally deliver hard drives containing records made at the embassy.
According to the court, Morales was paying €20,000. in cash to the head of the embassy’s security service, so that there would be no complaints about the work of Undercover Global, which could lead to the termination of the contract with her.
Morales was arrested on September 17 but released on probation. He must be in court every 15 days, his passport confiscated.
In addition, the company and its owner are suspected of money laundering and bribery.
The court reportedly launched an investigation after receiving a complaint from Assange’s lawyers.
Recall, the U.S. asked the UK to extradite Assange, who was expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on April 11, after which he was immediately arrested by British police. He faces a total of 18 criminal charges in the United States, which face decades in prison.
On June 19, 2012, Assange sought asylum at the Ecuadorian diplomatic mission in London to avoid extradition to Sweden, where a warrant was issued for his arrest. The journalist’s main fear was that Sweden would deport him to the United States, where an Australian could face up to 35 years in prison or the death penalty for publishing classified US State Department documents.
In Sweden, the WikiLeaks founder was accused of “forced sexual acts and harassment” as well as rape. The first charge against him was brought in August 2010 by an employee of a Swedish charity. On 13 August 2015, the Swedish Prosecutor’s Office dropped its investigation into Assange on the matter due to the expiration of the five-year statute of limitations. The investigation into Assange’s alleged rape of another Swedish woman was also dropped.
On 27 October 2018, the lawyer of the creator of Wikileaks Carlos Poveda stated that his client could surrender to the British authorities and even serve a sentence of six months in a British prison, provided that London would give guarantees not to extradite him United States.