U.S. intelligence agencies planned to abduct or poison WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, writes The Guardian on September 30.
Washington’s plans were told by a former employee of a private security company UC Global, which was spying on Assange. It was with this firm that U.S. intelligence discussed both scenarios. According to the man, the U.S. intelligence services in 2017 offered the head of UC Global David Morales to move to more radical methods against the founder of WikiLeaks.
“It was suggested to leave the door of the Ecuadorian embassy open so that you could go inside and kidnap or poison Assange,” he said in London court.
According to a witness from a former security firm, he was personally instructed to install new cameras in the diplomatic mission that would record sound and transmit data online.
This was necessary so that “friends in the United States” could more closely follow Assange’s actions at the Ecuadorian embassy.
The man added that he refused to do so, calling the procedure technically impossible, but soon he was given a document, supposedly from U.S. intelligence, which contained detailed instructions.
On September 7 in London, hearings on the extradition of Assange to the United States began. Last year, Washington charged the founder of WikiLeaks with 18 counts, including violating the law on espionage and conspiracy to hack into a government computer. The journalist faces 175 years in prison.
Assange is currently in London prison. He was taken there after the Ecuadorian embassy, where he had been hiding since 2012, handed him over to the authorities.
The civilian wife of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, spoke on September 17 about the abuse he was subjected to in a British prison.