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International: CIA sued for allegedly spying on journalists and lawyers meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

8:30 am on Tuesday 16 August 2022

By David Liwei Shi

A group of journalists and lawyers are suing the CIA and its former director, Mike Pompeo, claiming the intelligence agency spied on them while meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange while he was seeking political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The lawsuit argues that the CIA breached their privacy rights by recording conversations and copying data from their phones and computers. 

The CIA is prohibited from collecting intelligence on its citizens under US law. 

Assange spent seven years in the embassy before being forcibly removed and jailed in 2019. 

He is now being held in a maximum-security prison in London and is contesting extradition to the US where he faces espionage charges for publishing confidential US military records and diplomatic cables in 2010. 

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