The details of the operation were described by a former employee of a private security company UC Global, with whom U.S. intelligence discussed ways to get rid of the journalist. The man is a witness in Assange’s extradition case.
He said that in 2017, the U.S. intelligence services offered the head of UC Global David Morales to apply “more radical measures” 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 court.
The management of the security company instructed the employee to install new cameras in the diplomatic mission, which could also record sound as well as live broadcasts. As Morales explained, it was necessary for “friends in the United States” to see and hear in real-time everything that was going on in the embassy.
These instructions alarmed the man. He told his bosses that it was technically impossible to do such a thing, Morales responded by sending him detailed instructions.
“Obviously, the document was provided by a third party. And this party, according to the witness, was U.S. intelligence,” Assange’s lawyer Mark Summers said in court.
A former security company employee was given anonymity to ensure his life was not in danger.
In 2010, Assange was accused of sexual harassment and rape in Sweden. At the same time, the victims themselves admitted to testifying under pressure.
Since June 2012, the journalist had taken refuge from prosecution at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for fear of extradition to Stockholm. In the morning of 11 April 2019, he was detained at the request of the United States. A court in London found the founder of WikiLeaks guilty of violating bail conditions and placed him in custody for 11 months. The extradition hearing began on May 2 last year. Shortly afterward, the United States brought new charges against the journalist for espionage and disclosure of classified information.
If extradited to the U.S., Assanjo faces a prison sentence of up to 175 years.