'Espionage inside the embassy:' Assange accuses Ecuadorian diplomatic staff in London of spying
Lenin Moreno's government violated Assange's privacy by secretly recording the journalist's daily activities starting from March 2018, said a complaint submitted Monday to the attorney general's office in Ecuador on behalf of the whistleblower. It says the spying was conducted with the help of Promsecurity, a private contractor firm which administers electronic surveillance at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.Also on rt.com ‘He respected us’: Ex-consul debunks MSM claims Assange had issues with Ecuador’s embassy staff
Naming three officials of the diplomatic mission, including Ambassador Jaime Marchán, as well as four members of Promsecurity, the complaint alleges that the government violated at least four counts of domestic law by illicitly monitoring Assange's activity. Those involved apparently tried to extort €3 million from WikiLeaks threatening to publish audio, video and personal documents of Assange unless they get paid. Ecuadorian law provides penalties of up to five years in prison for each violation mentioned in the complaint.Also on rt.com DOJ could build Assange case on Espionage Act, carries possible death sentence
The matter is "very sensitive and complicated" Ecuadorian lawyer Carlos Poveda told reporters after filing the case in Quito, asking for the judiciary to investigate the case. The lawyer did not reveal to whom the Australian's personal information had been leaked to, but noted that that the Spanish authorities are already investigating the extortion scheme.
El abogado de Julián Assange en Ecuador, Carlos Poveda, afirma que entre los 10 involucrados en el espionaje contra su cliente estarían ciudadanos españoles y ecuatorianos, estos últimos serían funcionarios consulares y del equipo de seguridad. @eluniversocompic.twitter.com/AHnTAOMfdx— Santiago Molina (@santiagomolinao) April 29, 2019
The allegations outlined in the legal document contradicts the version of events presented by President Moreno who accused the whistleblower of trying to set up a “center for spying” in the embassy before suspending Assange’s asylum on April 11. WikiLeaks denied the claims, saying that Moreno sought personal revenge over the recently surfaced corruption allegations against him.
"The Ecuadorian government accused Mr. Assange of espionage inside the embassy, as it turns out that the espionage came from inside the embassy," Poveda said.Also on rt.com Assange arrest shows Moreno is ‘CIA asset,’ turning Ecuador into ‘vassal’ – former FM
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