Us intelligence agencies planned to poison or kidnap WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, writes The Guardian.
Details of the operation became known thanks to a former employee of the private security company UC Global, with whom US intelligence discussed ways to get rid of the journalist. He is a witness in the case of Assange’s extradition.
According to him, in 2017, us intelligence agencies suggested that the head of UC Global, David Morales, apply “more radical measures”. “It was proposed to leave the door of the Ecuadorean Embassy open so that you could go inside and kidnap or poison Assange,” he told the court.
The management of the security company instructed the employee to install new cameras in the diplomatic mission that could record sound, as well as conduct live broadcasts. According to Morales, this was necessary so that “friends in the United States” could see and hear everything that happened in the Embassy in real time.
Such instructions alarmed the man. He told his superiors that it was technically impossible to pull this off, and Morales sent him detailed instructions in response. “It is obvious that the document was provided by a third party. And that party, according To the witness, was US intelligence,” assange’s lawyer, mark summers, said.
The us Department of justice brought 17 charges against Assange in may 2019, later adding another. The WikiLeaks founder faces up to 175 years in prison if extradited to the United States, which is currently being discussed in court. The current President of the United States, Donald trump, claimed that he was ready to pardon Assange if he named the source from whom he received the texts of emails from hacked servers Of the democratic party in 2016.
In 2012, fearing extradition to Sweden over allegations of rape (the case was dropped in 2019), Assange sought asylum at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. He was there continuously for almost seven years. Assange is currently serving a prison sentence in the UK for violating bail conditions.