CIA, Mike Pompeo Sued for Spying on Assange's London Visitors

Photo: EPV [via El País]

The Facts

  • On Mon., a lawsuit was filed against the CIA and its former director Mike Pompeo, accusing them of illegally spying on US citizens who visited Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, thereby violating their Fourth Amendment rights.

  • The four plaintiffs – attorneys Margaret Ratner Kunstler and Deborah Hrbek, and journalists Charles Glass and John Goetz – allege that the agency recorded their conversations and extracted data from their personal devices.

The Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

By targeting a publisher as if he were an enemy of the state, the CIA has violated US citizens' constitutional right to privacy, as well as attorney-client and medical-patient privileges – not only related to Assange, but potentially to every client and patient who visited the Wikileaks founder. This is a totally absurd government intrusion that reveals the CIA's double standards in accusing Assange of the sorts of violations it routinely utilizes.

Pro-establishment narrative

Assange is not a journalist, he is a spy leading an intelligence agency that has provided sensitive information to enemies of the US. He doesn't care about national security or about the lives he has put at risk, even having deemed them "collateral damage." Suggesting constitutional rights should protect his un-American and illegal activities is a gross misrepresentation.

Nerd narrative

There's a 50% chance that Julian Assange will be extradited to the US before Apr. 24, 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

Establishment split



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