Assange’s lawyers sue former CIA director Mike Pompeo

Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and some journalists announced that they are suing former CIA director Mike Pompeo.

In the case, the CIA is accused of recording the lawyers’ conversations with their client, Assange, as well as copying data from their phones and computers.

Lawyers claim that their constitutional rights to privacy have been violated in their communications with their clients.

This complaint against the CIA was filed by lawyers Margaret Ratner Kunstler and Deborah Hrbek, and journalists Charles Glass and John Goetz.

Assange is accused in the US of publishing diplomatic files on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2010.

Assange, an Australian citizen, also objected to the UK’s decision to accept the extradition request. Charges against him could result in prison terms of up to 175 years.

The CIA allegedly worked with the security firm hired by the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Assange remained on political asylum to spy on his lawyers, journalists, and others he met.

“Clear constitutional violation”

Lawyer Robert Boyle said Assange’s right to a fair trial was “tainted, if not impaired,” because the government now knows the content of private conversations with lawyers.

“There should be sanctions such as dismissal of charges or withdrawal of extradition request in response to activities that clearly violate the constitution,” Boyle told reporters.

The lawsuit also claims that the lawyers of Spain-based security firm Undercover Global collected data from their cell phones, placed microphones in the Ecuadorian embassy and sent CCTV footage to the CIA.

According to the court document, Pompeo was also aware of and approved of all these operations.

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