August 20, 2014
LONDON (AP) - Wikileaks says it has hired Spanish judge Baltasar
Garzon to lead the legal team representing the group and its
founder, Julian Assange.
Garzon won global fame for aggressively taking on international
human rights cases. He is best known for indicting former Chilean
dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1998.
Wikileaks said Tuesday that Garzon recently met with the Assange
at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the group's founder is
holed up seeking asylum, to discuss a "new legal strategy."
Assange is currently fighting extradition to Sweden, where he is
wanted for questioning about allegations of sexual misconduct.
Wikileaks said in a statement posted on its Twitter account that
Garzon has expressed "serious concerns" about "the lack of
safeguards and transparency" with which actions are being taken
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