Jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared at a Madrid court via videolink in the U.K. on Friday as a part of an investigation into his allegations that a Spanish company spied on him while he dwelt within the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
The instance, headed by Spanish judge Jose de la Mata, concentrates on allegations that initially cameras and microphones were set up in the embassy involving June 2017 and ancient 2018 by Spanish personal security company Undercover Global S.L.
An Ecuador overseas ministry spokeswoman declined to comment on the circumstance.
The records, stated to have seized conversations between Assange along with his attorneys, might have been dispersed to parties such as”government from Ecuador and representatives in the USA,” according to court records, which state that this was done”likely on requests from U.S. intelligence”
“Eventually Mr. Assange is going to have the ability to testify as a casualty of the alleged spying scheme that could have been orchestrated from the USA,” said Aitor Martinez, an attorney for Assange, who testified as a witness in the case.
Throughout his testimony,” Assange, 48, said that he had been unaware that cameras installed by Undercover Global were capturing audio and suggested that the surveillance probably targeted members of his legal group, according to a spokesperson because of his attorney.
Owner and manager of UC International S.L. David Morales failed to say whether his firm spied on Assange. “We just did a project “
Judge De la Mata initially arrested Morales in September, and then released him on bond.
Speaking outside the courtroom in Westminster, former Ecuadorean consul at London Fidel Narvaez detained Undercover Global of betraying Ecuador and Assange.
“This business was contracted by Ecuador to guard the embassy, shield Julian Assange, shield the embassy team… but it’s a tainted company – we understand that today,” he explained.
Assange’s legal team wishes to get the company and its creator charged with offenses including breach of solitude and attorney-client liberty, money laundering, and bribery.
The WikiLeaks founder invested almost seven years holed up at the embassy to be able to prevent extradition to Sweden over allegations of rape which were dropped in November.
He had been removed from there in April and jailed for 50 months for skipping bail in Britain before the U.S. started its extradition request.
Assange faces 18 counts from the USA including conspiring to hack government computers and violating the espionage law. If convicted, he could spend years in prison.