Julian Assange exposes British eavesdropping agency’s correspondence
20 May 2013 — PressTV
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange The UK government eavesdropping agency, GCHQ, is facing embarrassing revelations after its internal correspondence was made public by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
The WikiLeaks founder used subject access request to access the agency exchanges about himself, which allegedly calls his extradition to Sweden ‘a fit-up’.
Assange told a Spanish TV program Salvado on Sunday night that an “official request for information gave him access to instant messages that remained unclassified by GCHQ”.
He said the records contained chatter including speculation that he is being framed by Swedish authorities seeking his extradition on rape allegations.
A message from September 2012, read out by Assange, apparently says: “They are trying to arrest him on suspicion of XYZ … It is definitely a fit-up… Their timings are too convenient right after Cablegate.”
The WikiLeaks founder has spent the past 11 months in the Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid arrest and extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for a range of allegations made against him after he published tons of U.S. military and diplomatic cables linked to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and beyond.
Assange said that GCHQ had been unaware that it might have anything on him that was not classified.
“It won’t hand over any of the classified information,” he said. “But, much to its surprise, it has some unclassified information on us.”
“We have just received this. It is not public yet,” he added.
GCHQ is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. However, it is understood that Assange’s request was a subject access request, a mechanism under the Data Protection Act that can be used by individuals to obtain personal information that bodies hold about them.