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CIA spying on Assange 'illegally' swept up US lawyers, journalists - lawsuit

CIA spying on Assange 'illegally' swept up US lawyers, journalists - lawsuit | 15 Aug 2022 | CIA surveillance of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, while he was sheltering in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, included recording his conversations with American lawyers, journalists and doctors, and copying private data from visitors' phones and other devices, violating constitutional protections, according to a lawsuit filed Monday. The suit -- filed on behalf of four Americans who visited Assange -- seeks damages personally from then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo for violating the plaintiffs' Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. The suit also seeks damages against a Spanish security firm contracted to protect the embassy, and its CEO, alleging that they abused their position to illegally spy on visitors and passed on the surveillance data they collected to the CIA, which is also named a defendant in the suit.