In the case concerning the alleged spying of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and his visitors at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, the non-delivery report presented criminal charges. In addition to doctors and Assange lawyers, German journalists were also affected by the monitoring, including three employees of the non-delivery report, told the station Thursday. This is evident from the documents and video recordings present in NDR and WDR.
The surveillance was carried out by the Spanish security company UC Global, reported the non-delivery report. According to the company, the issuer has filed criminal charges against the company on Thursday for violating privacy and personal rights regulations.
The internal emails of UC Global and the audio and video recordings of Assange with his visitors show how the surveillance measures have been gradually expanded. Security agents are said to have recorded serial numbers of mobile phones, created visitor notes, copied passports, disassembled electronic devices and installed hidden microphones in the embassy building.
According to statements made by former employees, the material collected should also have been provided to customers in the United States – presumably a news service, as reported by NDR. UC Global and its lawyers rejected the accusations reported for the first time by the Spanish newspaper El País, pointing out that the company has always acted on behalf of the government of Ecuador.
The court is hearing Assange's possible delivery to the United States
Assange was arrested in London in April and is serving a prison sentence of almost a year in the United Kingdom for violation of bail conditions. Previously, he had taken refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for seven years to avoid extradition to Sweden for rape charges in 2010. Meanwhile, the Swedish judiciary abandoned allegations of rape against Assange.
From the end of February, a British court will hear about the possible extradition of Assange in the United States. The Australian is accused in the United States of publishing secret documents and violating the anti-espionage law. If he is found guilty in all 18 cases, he should face life imprisonment.