Lawyers for WikiLeaks laminitis Julian Assange are suing the US Central Intelligence Agency and its erstwhile manager Mike Pompeo successful a suit filed successful a New York territory tribunal connected Monday, alleging the bureau recorded their conversations and copied information from their phones and computers.
The attorneys, on with 2 journalists joining the suit, are Americans and allege that the CIA violated their US law protections for confidential discussions with Assange, who is Australian.
The suit alleges that the CIA worked with a information steadfast contracted by the Ecuadorian embassy successful London, wherever Assange was surviving astatine the time, to spy connected the WikiLeaks founder, his lawyers, journalists and others helium met.
Assange is facing extradition from Britain to the US, wherever helium is charged with violating the US Espionage Act by publishing US subject and diplomatic files successful 2010 related to the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
Robert Boyle, a New York lawyer representing the plaintiffs successful the lawsuit, said the alleged spying connected Assange’s attorneys means the WikiLeaks founder’s close to a just proceedings has “now been tainted, if not destroyed”.
“There should beryllium sanctions, adjacent up to dismissal of those charges, oregon withdrawal of an extradition request,” Boyle told reporters.
The suit was filed by attorneys Margaret Ratner Kunstler and Deborah Hrbek, and journalists Charles Glass and John Goetz.
They each visited Assange portion helium was surviving wrong the Ecuadorian embassy successful London nether governmental asylum, since withdrawn.
The suit names the CIA, erstwhile CIA manager and erstwhile US caput of authorities Pompeo, and the information steadfast Undercover Global arsenic defendants.
The suit alleges Undercover Global, which had a information declaration with the embassy, swept accusation connected their physics devices, including communications with Assange, and provided it to the CIA.
In summation it placed microphones astir the embassy and sent recordings, arsenic good arsenic footage from information cameras, to the CIA, the suit alleges.
This, the attorneys claim, violated privateness protections for US citizens.
Assange is awaiting a ruling connected his entreaty of the British extradition bid to the US.
The charges helium faces could bring a condemnation of up to 175 years successful prison.
The suit alleges that portion Undercover Global controlled information astatine the embassy, each visitant had to permission their physics devices with a defender earlier seeing Assange.
“The accusation contained connected the plaintiff’s devices was copied and, ultimately, fixed to the CIA,” it reads. “Defendant Pompeo was alert of and approved the copying of accusation contained connected plaintiffs’ mobile physics devices and the surreptitious audio monitoring of their meetings with Assange,” the suit claims.