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Spanish court summoned Pompeo over US plot to assassinate Assange

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Australian-born WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

Spain's National High Court has summoned Mike Pompeo, former US secretary of state, to appear in the Madrid court to explain an alleged plot by Washington to assassinate Australian-born WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Judge Santiago Pedraz, of Spain's National Court, is leading an investigation into whether Spanish security firm UC Global spied on Assange on behalf of the CIA while providing security for the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the whistleblower resided between 2012 and 2019.

A spokesman for Spain's National Court told The Telegraph on Monday that Judge Pedraz had sent a request to US authorities to call Pompeo as a witness.

"There has been no reply as yet," the spokesman added.

The alleged assassination plot was first revealed by Yahoo News last November. According to the report, senior CIA and Trump administration officials discussed the possibility of kidnapping or killing Assange after he published CIA hacking tools in 2017.

The outlet reported that discussions took place at the "highest levels" of the administration of then-President Donald Trump, going so far as to request “sketches” or “options” for how to kill him.

A former senior counterintelligence official, “There seemed to be no boundaries.”

Judge Pedraz summoned Pompeo and former US counterintelligence official William Evanina as witnesses to explain whether the plot was drawn up.

Pompeo was the director of the CIA from 2017 to 2018 when Trump appointed him as secretary of state.

Assange’s lawyers in Spain, including the former judge Baltasar Garzón, stated that the Trump administration "orchestrated" the espionage effort against the Australian.

UC Global placed microphones and cameras in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to spy on his private conversations and meetings.

The British Home Office has decided to extradite Assange to the United States, where he is wanted for his role in leaking thousands of secret government documents.

Observers say Assange’s extradition to the United States, should it occur, will have a “chilling” effect on press freedoms around the world.

Assange, 50, is wanted by the US government for publishing classified documents related to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that were leaked by whistleblower Chelsea Manning, a US Army intelligence analyst.

In 2010 WikiLeaks published about 750,000 classified military and diplomatic documents. The most devastating batch was The Iraqi War Logs, which represent the biggest military leak in the history of the United States.

Assange is set to appeal the decision to extradite him to the US, where he faces espionage charges and a potential 175-year jail sentence.

Assange had spent seven years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London before his arrest by UK Metropolitan Police in April after the Ecuadorian government canceled his asylum.

Former Republican congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has said “truth is treason” when you are dealing with the American Empire.

Dr. Paul said Assange “has suffered a lot. I think this is a real tragedy for all journalism which means for all the people who are trying to find the news. And I think he fits into the category I think we talk so much that is ‘truth is treason’ you know when you have an Empire.”

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