Spanish ex-marine accused of spying on Julian Assange

epaselect epa08125081 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain, 13 January 2020. Assange appeared in court to prevent his extradition to the US where would be facing espionage charges. EPA-EFE/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

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Spain’s High Court, the Audencia Nacional, is closing in on David Morales, the head of the Spanish security company US Global S. L., and who is under investigation for spying on cyberactivist Julian Assange while he was living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Three people who worked for the company have testified as protected witnesses before High Court Judge José de la Mata that Morales handed over material collected from the diplomatic headquarters to US intelligence services.

The three witnesses say that Morales, a former marine in the Spanish Navy, bragged about the collaboration.

“I am a mercenary and I make no bones about it,” he said to one of them.

El Pais report that two of the witnesses confirm what EL PAÍS revealed before the legal investigation began – that in December 2017, the owner of UC Global S. L. ordered workers to change the surveillance cameras in the embassy and replace them with others that could capture audio. From that moment on, they recorded and monitored conversations between the WikiLeaks founder and his lawyers, as well as all of his visitors.

The report says according to the evidence provided by the witnesses – videos, audio tapes and dozens of emails, some of which were published in advance by this newspaper – the spying operation was intensive. The security team photographed the passports of all of Assange’s visitors, took apart their cellphones, downloaded content from their iPads, took notes and put together reports on each meeting.

Via El Pais

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