Ex-CIA director called to testify on US plot to kill Assange — media — Analysis
Spanish Court summoned Mike Pompeo (ex-CIA Director) to be a witness about US plans to assassinate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. ABC reports that Pompeo was called by the court.
“The judge of the National Court Santiago Pedraz has agreed to summon as a witness Mike Pompeo, former US Secretary of State and former CIA director, to explain whether the intelligence agency and the US government with Donald Trump at its helm drew up a plan in 2017 to kidnap and assassinate the founder of WikiLeaks,”Read the entire report.
According to the outlet’s sources, Pompeo has been summoned to appear as a witness this June, although he may give testimony via video link. Pedraz made the decision after prosecutor Carlos Bautista supported the request made by Assange’s lawyer Aitor Martinez.
Yahoo News reported in September 2021 that WikiLeaks’ founder was being kidnapped by the CIA. This story sparked intense debates inside the Trump administration about the lawfulness and practicality. According to reports, top US officials even went as far as to ask “sketches”Oder “options”Here are some tips on assassinating Assange.
Pompeo, who was following the report, called for criminal prosecutions of Yahoo News sources that shared the story, stating that they were all innocent. “should all be prosecuted for speaking about classified activity inside the Central Intelligence Agency”.
Julian Assange rose to fame owing to WikiLeaks’ pro-transparency activism and the publication of huge troves of leaked classified documents that exposed dark secrets of many governments, including alleged war crimes committed by US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. As he awaits extradition, WikiLeaks’ founder was taken into Belmarsh prison at maximum security in London in April 2019.
A London court in April issued an official extradition order to Assange. This is currently subject to the approval of Britain’s interior ministry. But, WikiLeaks’ founder is still able to appeal. He will face trial under the Espionage Act if he is extradited to America. It prohibits information about national defense or that might be misused against US interests.
The activists have denied the charges. His lawyers argued that the defendant was not under US jurisdiction, and that he had been engaged in legal journalism.