Wikileaks said it has discovered a spying operation against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London and that images, documents and videos that were collected were then offered for sale in an extortion attempt, during a press conference in London on Wednesday.
«Wikileaks uncovered an extensive spying operation against Julian Assange within the Ecuadorian embassy... Еще,» said Wikileaks Editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnnson. «We know that there was a request to hand over visitor's logs from the embassy and video recordings from within the security cameras in the embassy, so we assume that this material, this extensive material that has been gathered, has been handed over to the Trump administration,» Hrafnnson added.
Surveillance images and videos of Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy were shown during the press conference. One video was purported by Hrafnsson to show Assange receiving a medical visit.
«This is a severe breach of lawyer-client attorney privilege, and fundamentally undermines our ability to properly defend and provide a defence to Julian Assange,» human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson said.
«One thing is absolutely clear, with the new government Ecuador is not protecting Julian anymore,» said former Consul of Ecuador to London Fidel Narvaez.
Spanish police have reportedly carried out a sting operation against unnamed individuals in Madrid who allegedly offered the material for sale.
Ecuador has denied the reports Assange is to be expelled from its London embassy.
The WikiLeaks founder first moved into the Ecuadorian embassy in London in 2012, in order to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations. While that investigation was dropped by the judiciary, Assange still faces charges in the UK for violating bail conditions while fleeing, as well as the possibility of extradition to the United States for publishing sensitive government information on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.