The Audiencia Nacional magistrate sent a rogatory letter to the US also to interrogate former counterintelligence chief William Evanina
A judge of the Spanish Audiencia Nacional, Santiago Pedraz, sent a letter rogatory to the United States to be able to question the former secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, about the alleged existence of a plan to kidnap and kill the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, while he was a refugee in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
According to the document, which was viewed by the Europa Press agency, the Spanish judge asks to be able to question Pompeo, as former director of the CIA, a position he held from January 2018 to April 2018 when Donald Trump appointed him head of the US diplomacy, and William Evanina, former head of American counterintelligence.
The Spanish judiciary moved in response to a complaint by Assange’s lawyers who refer to statements in which Evanina allegedly admitted that “American intelligence had access to rooms in the Ecuadorian embassy, to recordings of conversations within the diplomatic mission, the calendar of visits and the documents of all visitors “as part of his plans which included the” assassination or kidnapping “of Assange.
Last September, Yahoo News revealed the existence of a CIA plan, dated 2017, to kidnap Assange from the embassy, where he had fled in 2012 to escape extradition to the US, in response to intelligence reports highlighting the risk of an attempted escape from the London diplomatic headquarters.
The Wikileaks founder had obtained political asylum from the government of Rafael Korea, but his situation had become more precarious after the election in 2017 of Lenin Moreno who then withdrew his international protection in 2019 allowing his arrest by the British authorities. .
Thus began a long legal battle for extradition to the US – where Assange is accused of espionage for the thousands of confidential documents on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan published in 2010 – which ended on April 20 with the confirmation of ‘High Court says yes to transfer to the US. However, this decision is now awaiting ratification by the government.
Assange’s lawyers turned to the Spanish judiciary because, according to their reconstructions, Evanina referred to a security company “based in Spain, as part of the plot” as being in charge of the security of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. . And they stressed that they considered the “testimony” of Pompeo and the intelligence officer necessary to ascertain the facts.