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UK: Assange supporters rally in London ahead of Spanish surveillance case hearing

United Kingdom, London
December 20, 2019 at 15:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

Supporters of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange rallied outside of Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday ahead of his supposed appearance via video link to a Spanish judge regarding UC Global's alleged spying claims.

Julian Assange's lawyer in Spain Aitor Martinez, was seen arriving at the High Court building in Madrid earlier in the day to provide testimony over his allegations of being illegally spied on by Spanish security company UC Global during his stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy.

''I'm a witness of that because when we used to picket outside in front of the embassy, a few of us for many years stood there in solidarity with him, and engaged with people and told them what was going on inside that embassy and the spies were behind us in the flats opposite the embassy," alleged one Assange supporter.

Last September Spanish authorities issued a European Investigation Order requesting to question Assange over the ongoing investigation of the Spanish security company working for the Ecuadorian embassy in London and its owner, David Morales, for allegedly sending recordings of Assange to the CIA.

Assange is still fighting extradition to the US as he is held in London's high-security Belmarsh prison. Sixty doctors have reportedly expressed concerns about his health and are attempting to have him moved to a hospital.

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Supporters of WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange rallied outside of Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday ahead of his supposed appearance via video link to a Spanish judge regarding UC Global's alleged spying claims.

Julian Assange's lawyer in Spain Aitor Martinez, was seen arriving at the High Court building in Madrid earlier in the day to provide testimony over his allegations of being illegally spied on by Spanish security company UC Global during his stay at the Ecuadorian Embassy.

''I'm a witness of that because when we used to picket outside in front of the embassy, a few of us for many years stood there in solidarity with him, and engaged with people and told them what was going on inside that embassy and the spies were behind us in the flats opposite the embassy," alleged one Assange supporter.

Last September Spanish authorities issued a European Investigation Order requesting to question Assange over the ongoing investigation of the Spanish security company working for the Ecuadorian embassy in London and its owner, David Morales, for allegedly sending recordings of Assange to the CIA.

Assange is still fighting extradition to the US as he is held in London's high-security Belmarsh prison. Sixty doctors have reportedly expressed concerns about his health and are attempting to have him moved to a hospital.

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