Mike Pompeo was summoned by a Spanish court to explain the CIA’s plot to assassinate Julian Assange.
Courts are investigating whether a Spanish security company spies on Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy.
Pompeo is asked to testify whether the United States has received information from the company.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo under President Donald Trump was summoned by a Spanish court to explain the US government’s plans to assassinate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. ABC Spain.
The alleged plot was first unveiled by Yahoo News in September, reporting that the CIA and senior Trump administration officials had discussed the possibility of kidnapping or killing Assange after being angry at the WikiLeaks publication. Highly confidential CIA hacking tool.
The debate took place “at the highest level” of the Trump administration, and former counterintelligence officials even demanded “sketches” or “options” on how to assassinate Assange, telling the outlets.
Pompeo was asked to appear in a Spanish court in connection with an investigation into whether Assange was spy on while the Spanish security company UC Global was providing security to the Ecuadorian embassy in London. A close source told ABC Spain.
Assange sought political asylum to live in the embassy for seven years before being expelled in 2019.
Judge Santiago Pedraz of the Spanish National High Court summoned Pompeo and former U.S. counterintelligence official William Evanina as witnesses, explaining the alleged assassination plan and whether they received information through a security company. ..
Evanina was previously allegedly confessing access to security camera video and audio recordings from inside the Ecuadorian embassy, and Assange’s lawyer claimed in a letter seen by a Spanish outlet. Purpose.
Assange’s lawyer, Aitor Martinez, previously claimed in court documents that the spy plot “would have been organized from the United States.” Reuters report.
Judge Pedraz has agreed to summon Pompeo and Evanina at the request of Assange’s lawyer, the ABC Spain report said.
According to the outlet, they are required to appear in a Spanish court in June and can testify at a video conference.
Pompeo has not yet commented on the case and has not confirmed whether he will appear in court.
Pompeo was CIA Director from 2017 to 2018 and was appointed Secretary of State Trump in April 2018.
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