WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange sues CIA for data theft

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Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has asked his lawyers to sue CIA and the ex-director Mike Pompeo for siphoning data from the phones and computers of him and his employees. Assange, who is seeking asylum in London, is facing an extradition case from the government of the United States and was asked to appear before a court in 2019. But he escaped the extradition hearing because of some loopholes in the law.

Now, Assange’s lawyers in association with two reputed journalists have filed a case against the American CIA for violating US Constitutional Protection rights regarding data privacy.

Assange who is an Australian by birth and has been seeking asylum in London alleged that the government of US started spying on him and his colleagues to gather evidence against his involvement in publishing of US military secrets in relation to Afghan and Iraq wars in WikiLeaks website, way down in 2010.  

He was supposed to be arrested then under the espionage act. He flew back to Australia, Russia and then to London and finally succeeded to seek an asylum in Britain, because of his high-level political contacts.

After so many years, Mr. Assange wants to sue the CIA for violating privacy protection laws meant for the welfare of US Citizens.

It is worth noting that the WikiLeaks founder has put a petition in Britain to seek a permanent citizenship during the regime of Theresa May. But the petition is still under consideration since then.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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