CIA Torture Allegations In Spotlight At Assange Hearing

Law360, London (September 18, 2020, 6:51 PM BST) -- WikiLeaks' release of American diplomatic cables revealed how much pressure the U.S. put on Germany not to prosecute CIA operatives accused of kidnapping and torturing a German citizen more than 15 years ago, a lawyer for Julian Assange said at his London extradition hearing Friday.

The claim was made by Assange's lawyer Mark Summers as he summarized evidence from Khaled El-Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent who alleges he was captured by the Central Intelligence Agency in Macedonia in 2003, tortured and flown to a secret U.S. military prison in Afghanistan and held without trial.

El-Masri claims he was "beaten,...

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