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Britain refuses to allow a Spanish judge to interview Assange

Judge Jose de la Mata wants to speak with the imprisoned Wikileaks publisher concerning allegations the CIA hired a Spanish company to spy on him and his legal team

JULIAN ASSANGE cannot be interviewed by a Spanish judge following an “unprecedented” refusal by British authorities, according to El Pais newspaper.

Judge Jose de la Mata wanted to take evidence from the imprisoned Wikileaks publisher concerning allegations the CIA hired a Spanish company to spy on Mr Assange’s legal team.

He is battling extradition from Britain to the US for alleged offences including publishing evidence that US soldiers massacred Reuters staff in Iraq.

Mr Mata’s request was refused by the United Kingdom Central Authority, which claimed that “these types of interview are only done by the police” in Britain and videoconferencing was not available.

Mr Assange is being held at Belmarsh prison in London, from where suspects routinely appear in court via video link.

At a case management hearing on Monday, a British magistrate refused Mr Assange more time to prepare his defence, despite pleas from his lawyers that they were waiting on information from the Spanish court case about the alleged CIA interference.

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