UK blocks Spanish judge from questioning Julian Assange over spying allegations

Julian Assange

The British justice system is blocking a Spanish judge’s request to question Julian Assange in London as a witness in a case exploring allegations that the Spanish security firm Undercover Global S.L. spied on the WikiLeaks founder while he was living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The British position, unprecedented in these types of requests for judicial collaboration, is being viewed by Spanish judicial bodies as a show of resistance against the consequences that the case could have on the process to extradite the Australian cyberactivist to the United States.

Assange has been held at London’s Belmarsh Prison since he was expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy in April and a hearing over his extradition to the US is scheduled to take place early next year where he is wanted for revealing classified information about military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.