As a former Corrections offcer..I can tell you they well do..especially in a super max setting. But info leaks out and sh** gets in anyway. Just like Epstein..I would say . The point is control...get a few officers that want to play wannabe intel they can bend normal protocols and get away with it..all legal..from pat and frisk to cavity searches to confiscating suspected contraband to midlle of the night raids.. Because that's just the way it is. Short of a skull fracture..No one will be punished for abuse because it's not considered abuse ,,it's part of the routine..like bed an breakfast at a hotel.
On Monday Julian Assange's defense team told a London court that the United States plotted to assassinate the WikiLeaks founder.
After describing US intelligence attempts to plant “intrusive and sophisticated” secret surveillance devices in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where Assange had been living under asylum for seven years, Assange's attorney Edward Fitzgerald told the court according to an explosive Daily Mail report published Tuesday:
“There were conversations about whether there should be more extreme measures contemplated, such as kidnapping or poisoning Julian Assange in the embassy.”
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The plot is alleged to have involved a private Spanish security company named UC Global, reportedly acting on behalf of the US authorities, which was engaged in eavesdropping on Assange and his visitors who entered the Ecuadorian embassy to meet privately with him. Officially the firm was in charge of protecting the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Prior reports say live-stream audio and video devices were secretly hidden inside the embassy, and supplemented what could be picked up by laser microphones from outside. Court documents detailing UC Global SL's illegal operation were previously presented to Spain’s High Court.
The new disturbing allegations which came out during the first day of the WikiLeaks' founder extradition hearing involved scenarios wherein a "kidnapping" or killing could be made to look like an "accident".
Fitzgerald made reference to a “Witness Two” who revealed UC Global owner David Morales — a former Spanish military officer — discussed the "extreme measures". The witness was among a group of whistleblowers who previously came forward to testify against illegal and shady practices of the Spanish security firm.
Witness Two detailed that Morales “said the Americans were desperate and had even suggested more extreme measures could be applied against the guest to put an end to the situation,” Fitzgerald told the court.
Fitzgerald read the witness statement in court, which according to The Daily Mail also included the following:
He said there was a suggestion the embassy door could be left open to make a kidnapping look like it could have been 'an accident', adding 'even the possibility of poisoning had been discussed'.
Giving credence to the newly revealed alleged plot, it must be remembered that in 2017 while Assange was still holed up in the embassy, then CIA Director Mike Pompeo said in a speech before a Washington think tank audience that he deems WikiLeaks a "hostile intelligence service". David Morales, left, owner of Spanish security firm Undercover Global SL. Image source: UC Global/Reuters
"It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is, a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia," Pompeo said.
This was widely interpreted as a sign the CIA considered Assange and WikiLeaks members as fair game for assassination or kidnapping, given Pompeo essentially declared them "enemy agents" of the US. NEVER MISS THE NEWS THAT MATTERS MOST
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Two years following these remarks, the Spanish-language daily newspaper El País revealed the major surveillance plot targeting Assange while in the embassy:
Documents and videos revealed by EL PAÍS in July, months before Assange took legal action against Morales, show that UC Global SL spied on the cyber-activist’s conversations with his lawyers, at meetings where they were designing his defense strategy to avoid extradition to the US. Morales allegedly delivered these and other conversations to US intelligence services, this newspaper revealed. Morales was arrested and released pending trial to face charges of violation of client-attorney privilege and illegal arms possession.
ABC News Australia also days ago published spy footage it obtained from inside the embassy showing:
"Julian Assange's conversations, including legally privileged meetings with Australian lawyers Geoffrey Robertson, Jennifer Robinson and Melinda Taylor, [which] were secretly recorded inside his London embassy home."
During his last months and years in the embassy, Assange was said to be deeply worried he was being recorded by WikiLeaks' enemies, at times going so far as to sleep in a tent in his room so his every movement couldn't be captured.
He was rightly paranoid in part because the US and UK have long charged that Assange "put lives at risk" in previously releasing hundreds of thousands of government top secret files related to wars and covert operations especially across the Middle East, which gained international attention. He's now awaiting potential extradition to the US while under horrible conditions at London's notorious Belmarsh prison.
Hi Sys, Remember after John Kerry had Assange's internet cut off, and not long afterwards the embassy security foiled an attempt on Assange's life. The would-be assassin got away.... then Hillary said can't we bomb the embassy by drone. I think if he is extradited to the US he will meet the same fate as Epstein.
Julian Assange Wins 2020 Gary Webb Freedom of the Press Award
Imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has been awarded Consortium News’ 2020 Gary Webb Freedom of the Press Award for courage in the face of an unprecedented attack on press freedom.
Julian Assange, the imprisoned and maligned publisher of WikiLeaks, has been awarded the 2020 Gary Webb Freedom of the Press Award by the board of the Consortium for Independent Journalism, publishers of Consortium News.
Assange is incarcerated in a maximum security prison in London awaiting a hearing later this month on an extradition request by the United States. He has been charged on 17 counts under the U.S. Espionage Act of possessing and publishing classified material that revealed prima facie evidence of U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Pamela Anderson appeals Trump to pardon Assange and stand up for free speech
The former 'Baywatch' star and a Washington lobbyist are calling on the president to 'stand truth to power'
By Hollie McKay | Fox News
January 11, 2021
Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are making a final appeal to the outgoing President Trump to show his commitment to free speech by granting a full pardon to the jailed publisher.
Former actress Pamela Anderson, who has been a longtime supporter of Assange, exclusively told Fox News that it would be a "bold move on the part of President Trump" to grant a pardon.
"This is an urgent matter to many people in the world who care about the freedom of speech," she said. "Despite all the negative things, Trump has been a game-changer and broken the mold. This pardon would be a shining light on what freedom should be; it would encourage a whole generation of activists to continue to do important work and not be silenced."
Anderson's voice was amplified over the weekend with the enlistment of foreign-focused lobbyist Robert Stryk, founder of Stryk Global Diplomacy, who said he took on the case pro bono and lodged a pardon petition with the Executive Branch.
The former "Baywatch" star said Assange’s case is not only about media freedom but also about an innocent human life. Over the years, she has formed a particularly close bond with the imprisoned Assange and she described him as both mild-mannered and nerdy, as well as courageous, deeply curious, and a "strong hugger."
"Every time you see him, there is the kind of feeling that might not see him again," Anderson lamented, noting that in their last prison meeting – after she was put through multiple layers of security – she was cautioned by a warden after Assange swept her off her feet in an excited greeting. "He said, 'Pamela, save my life.'"
Anderson said she saw the full toll the years had taken on her companion.
"Julian was in sweatpants and wore two shirts; he was trying to show me that he was okay, but there was no doubt he was very thin, disorientated," she continued.
Experts have long cautioned that Assange’s mental and physical health is fading fast, and rights groups have contended that an extradition and possible trial on U.S. soil could push Assange to the brink.
As it stands, the 49-year-old is behind bars in London's notorious maximum-security Belmarsh prison in Thamesmead, spending most hours in solitary confinement.
Last week, his supporters clocked a small victory after a British judge rejected the Justice Department's request to deport Assange, contending that he is at high risk of suicide if sent abroad to face espionage charges, and calling such an ask "oppressive" given Assange's mental state. However, he has again been denied bail.
The DOJ remains adamant that it will appeal the decision to London's high court, maintaining that Assange should face the U.S. court of law on 18 charges, put forth by the Obama administration in 2010, centered on conspiring to breach government computers and violate the Espionage Act. The charges carry a maximum of 175 years in prison.
Assange and his WikiLeaks website rose to prominence more than a decade ago when it released a swath of diplomatic cables and confidential military records, exposing what his backers vow amounted to war crimes taking place in Iraq and Afghanistan. He illicitly obtained the documents by former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. The DOJ alleges that Assange engaged in a conspiracy with Manning.
While many perceive those actions as critical to transparency and press freedoms, the DOJ and Assange detractors argue that the cables put scores of American lives at risk, gravely harmed international relations, and dangerously disrupted and compromised key intelligence sources and methods.
Yet Anderson, echoing the argument put forward by Assange's attorneys, believes the focus on Assange is a politically galvanized, and one that stems from Obama-era "embarrassment."
"WikiLeaks has exposed things about a lot of different countries, and Julian is not an enemy of America. He is a champion of knowledge and truth," she conjectured. "He exposed war criminals, but he was only the messenger – and yet he is the one punished."
For more than 10 years, Assange – an Australian citizen – has been embroiled in a legal quagmire.
Assange was first arrested in London in 2010 at the request of Sweden concerning rape and sexual assault allegations. His backers asserted it was a sly scapegoating to eventually see him moved to the United States.
To circumvent extradition to Sweden, Assange sought protection inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012. After years of living in the small diplomatic quarters, Ecuador rescinded its asylum, and he was arrested by British authorities in April 2019. Sweden has since dropped its charges, citing the statute of limitations, while the U.S. has remained fervent on its end.
For Anderson, who has made several in-person visits to Assange both at the embassy and in prison before the coronavirus pandemic began, it has been a gut-wrenching process – and one she hopes can come to an end in the coming days.
She said he has been isolated from even his closest friends and family – including his children – and deprived of information and news from the outside world. Although her contact with Assange has also been severed, she maintains contact with his mother and works consistently behind-the-scenes to secure his release.
"I didn't want to just be the poster child for his case, so there is a lot I do beyond just bringing awareness to his plight," she said. "It kills me to know he is in prison. The best thing that can happen is for Trump to pardon him. There are a lot of people that have fallen for the smear campaign."
The Assange pardon petition to Trump also underscores that Manning was granted clemency by Obama as he was departing office four years ago.
"I have chosen to stand in solidarity with Julian Assange; freedom of speech is one of the hallmarks of our democracy," Stryk – who says he identifies neither as a Republican nor Democrat, but as a devout capitalist – told Fox News. "And for capitalism to survive, it must be built on transparency. It's our duty and responsibility to export it, which is why I am advocating a full presidential pardon for Julian Assange."
From his lens, it would show leaders spanning the global stage that media freedom is a paramount priority.
"I find it disgusting that we would grant clemency to Manning, but Julian Assange sits in jail for the rest of his life," Stryk said. "What benefit does that bring to U.S. taxpayers to imprison someone – who isn't an American citizen – until they die?"
Yet if Assange's petition is unsuccessful in Trump's twilight hours in office, it remains to be seen what tack the incoming administration will take.
As vice president, Joe Biden deemed Assange a "high-tech terrorist," and Assange's support also withered among Hilary Clinton supporters who saw the WikiLeaks dump as a factor in her losing the 2016 presidential bid.
Regardless, Anderson said their fight would not end.
"Julian rubbed a lot of people the wrong way – I think [officials] were hoping he would just die in jail or go away. But I know he has no regrets," Anderson added. "We need Julian to continue and we need WikiLeaks to continue. We need people to continue to speak truth to power."