Mike Pompeo is Facing a Lawsuit for Illegally Spying on Journalists
Former CIA Director Mike Pompeo was recently served a lawsuit for illegally spying on journalists and lawyers who visited Wikileaks founder Julian Assange when he was holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
According to Christina Maas of Reclaim the Net, the other defendants in the lawsuit are the CIA, the security company UC Global, and its director David Morales Guillen.
According to the complaint, the defendants infringed on the plaintiff’s Fourth Amendment rights and asserted that UC Global committed acts of espionage on Assange’s visitors, effectively acting as a private espionage arm of the CIA. In addition, UC Global compelled the visitors to drop off their electronic devices at the entrance. From there, UC Global copied and sent the data on the devices to the CIA.
The plaintiffs are journalists John Goetz and Charles Glass, human rights lawyer Margaret Ratner Kunstler, and lawyer Deborah Hrbek.
“If a foreign journalist can be prosecuted for publishing factual documents, then no journalist is safe,” Kunstler stated. “And apparently Mike Pompeo believes that attorneys representing journalists should not be safe either. These actions are outrageous.”
The lawsuit aims to collect compensatory and punitive damages for the infringements on the plaintiffs’ rights. In addition, the lawsuit calls on the court to order the CIA to take down all the information that was gathered when they visited Assange, and to prevent the agency from supplying that data to third parties.
Currently, Assange is incarcerated in the United Kingdom as he awaits a ruling to appeal to his extradition to the US.
Let’s hope Pompeo and the CIA are taken to task here. Pompeo stands out as one of former President Donald Trump’s worst hires and represents the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party that is trying to defang the budding America First movement .
America First nationalists must do everything possible to prevent the neocons from ever taking back control of the party.