The founder of WikiLeaks had a room for confidential meetings, he could remove names from the visitors’ log and escort guests without being searched.
The founder of the WikiLeaks organization, Julian Assange, turned the Ecuadorian embassy into a command center, from where he led interventions in the 2016 American elections. This was stated by CNN, referring to reports of the private security company Undercover Global on surveillance of Assange.
The founder of WikiLeaks was provided with high-speed Internet at the embassy, telephone calls all over the world and room for confidential meetings. He also purchased expensive computer equipment for fast data transfer. In a report published by Special Prosecutor Robert Muller on interference in the US presidential election, it is also stated that Assange had access to the Internet from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Part of the paragraph is heavily edited.
According to reports, Assange had long meetings with “world-class Russians and hackers”. The founder of WikiLeaks could determine the list of persons who were part of the Ecuadorian embassy without presenting an identity card or passing through a search. Assange could delete names from visitors log. Sometimes he met guests in the ladies’ toilet, so as not to get on surveillance cameras.
- On July 14, 2016, Russian hackers sent WikiLeaks encrypted files called the “big archive”. Assange met at the embassy with German hackers Andrew Muller-Magun and Bernd Fix;
- On July 14, 2018, the Ecuadorian security guard left his post to receive a package outside the embassy from a disguised person. WikiLeaks told the Russians that they received the files;
- On July 22, 2018, WikiLeaks published over 20,000 internal files of the National Committee of the Democratic Party.
Ecuador hired three security companies to monitor Assange, and the founder of WikiLeaks installed his own recording devices and those that were designed against listening attempts. He maintained direct contacts with high-ranking officials in Ecuador and claimed that he could even fire the current ambassador.
- In June 2016, Assange held at least seven meetings with Russians and other individuals associated with the Kremlin, two of whom were with Yana Maximova, about whom nothing is known;
- In the same month, Assange held five meetings with high-ranking employees of RT. Glavred channel Margarita Simonyan after the publication of CNN said that in addition to her deputy, she herself also went to the Ecuadorian embassy. “He actually led the program. It is difficult to conduct the program without technical means, ”the journalist specified.
American intelligence agencies initially stated that WikiLeaks received stolen emails from Russians. Mueller arrived at a similar conclusion, making accusations against a dozen Russian hackers. CNN said Assange has allies in Russia – within a few hours after the founder of WikiLeaks was detained in 2019, “high-ranking officials from the government of President Vladimir Putin rushed to protect Assange.”
- September 22, 2016 – Russian hackers sent an encrypted message with the subject “submission” to WikiLeaks;
- October 7, 2016 – WikiLeaks begins publishing 50,000 hacked emails owned by campaign chairman Hillary Clinton – John Podeste. The US government accused Russia of interfering in the US election;
- The United States warned Ecuador that if they did not stop Assange, they would face consequences;
- October 15, 2016 – the embassy disables Assange Internet and telephone access;
- October 18, 2016 – Two WikiLeaks employees took computer equipment and about 100 hard drives from the embassy.
On April 11, the founder of WikiLeaks was detained at the Ecuadorian embassy after the country had withdrawn his asylum and announced eviction. On May 1, a London court sentenced Assange to 50 weeks in prison. But the judge clarified that he can count on early release if he departs half the term without violations.
On May 13, Swedish prosecutors resumed a preliminary investigation against the founder of WikiLeaks, who is suspected of rape and sexual harassment. Previously, the case was closed due to the inability to call Assange to court.