JULIAN ASSANGE was targeted by a spying campaign before his arrest and Spain was offered information on him for a price according to the website’s director.
Kristinn Hrafnsson claimed an unidentified individual offered material gathered about the Wikileaks founder while he lived at the Ecuadorian embassy in London to Spain for €3 million.
Assange lived at the embassy from 2012 under diplomatic asylum until his arrest this week.
Hrafnsson said the spying operation against Assange in the embassy was “extensive”.
Spanish police were informed that documents and videos gathered during the alleged spying operation were for sale, Hrafnsson added. The case was later passed to Spanish courts for investigation.
Assange has been arrested in relation to a US extradition request for “conspiracy with Chelsea Manning” for publishing Iraq War Logs, Cablegate, Afghan War Logs, precisely the persecution for which he was granted asylum under the 1951 Refugee Convention in 2012. @unhumanrights pic.twitter.com/i0TezO3SdK
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) April 11, 2019
Videos included footage of lawyers and doctors speaking with Assange inside the embassy, according to Hrafnsson.
Hrafnsson’s claims come as Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno claimed Assange had repeatedly violated the terms of his asylum.
The president accused Assange of hacking into computer accounts and private phones and of leaking private pictures of himself and his family online.
Assange is wanted in the US in connection with the leak of hundreds of thousands of documents related to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Swedish prosecutors also sought his extradition over an alleged sexual assault but they dropped their case after Assange was granted diplomatic asylum.