The CIA was given 24/7 video and audio surveillance of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange while he lived under asylum at the Ecuador’s embassy in London. A former Ecuadorian diplomat responds to the news.
Cross-posted from The Gray Zone
Undercover Global SL, a Spanish security firm, recorded Assange 24 hours per day during his stay in Ecuador’s London embassy, and then handed over its footage to the CIA.
“That firm was contracted by Ecuador to protect the embassy, to protect [Assange], to protect us from [his] persecutors,” says former Ecuadorian diplomat Fidel Narváez. “So I find it shocking.”
“During those seven years the surveillance equipment inside the embassy basically grew and multiplied. Cameras were installed all over, and one of the few places where there were not cameras I think was one of the bathrooms,” Narváez explained.
“And Julian knew that he was being spied [on]. So he chose to have meetings with his lawyers, probably the most sensitive meetings, not exactly in the bathroom, but just outside the bathroom, in a little corridor, where he thought that no camera, no microphones would reach,” he continued.
“But I think he was wrong, by what was discovered now,” Narváez added. “They were obviously trying to to get every single corner of that embassy surveilled”…