Information security specialists claim that Julian Assange, the controversial cyber activist and founder of WikiLeaks platform, was constantly spied on for seven years, time he remained a political refugee at the embassy premises of Ecuador in London.
According to reports, a security company called Undercover Global, based in Spain, was in charge of spying on the activist as much as possible. The company showed special interest in monitoring meetings between Assange and his lawyers, collecting a large amount of audio and video.
According to information security experts, the company would have been hired by the government of Ecuador as a security measure against the possible consequences of keeping Assange as a refugee from the Ecuadorian government. Files compiled by the security company have reportedly included secret plans to take Assange to Russia or, failing that, to Cuba. However, the activist would have refused to make this move, considering it a defeat of his campaign.
Surveillance over Assange increased throughout the administration of Lenin Moreno, President of Ecuador; according to information security experts, the Ecuadorian government even subjected the activist to some psychological tests, as well as paternity tests to determine if he was the father of the baby of one of his collaborators. Finally, in April 2019 Lenin Moreno allowed British authorities to enter the embassy to detain Assange.
Sources close to Ecuador’s London embassy say Assange already suspected he was spied on; due to this suspicion the activist began to take security measures such as the use of a voice distorter, as well as shifting their meetings to random places, such as women’s restrooms in the embassy.
Assange is currently being held in the UK and, according to specialists from the International Institute of Cyber Security (IICS), U.S. justice seeks his extradition, accusing him of illegally publishing thousands of secret documents from the U.S. State Department, in addition to leaking classified information about American military campaigns in the Middle East.