Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has found the man who will lead his legal team in former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón.
Assange is said to have met with Garzón while being hold up in an Ecuadorian embassy in London. Garzón is a well known former Spanish judge who was disbarred from Spain's court system earlier this year following a Supreme Court ruling that found he unconstitutionally wiretapped Spanish prisoner's conversations with their lawyers.
"The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the new legal strategy which will defend both WikiLeaks and Julian Assange from the existing abuse of process; expose the arbitrary, extrajudicial actions by the international financial system which target Julian Assange and WikiLeaks specifically," Wikileaks wrote in press release on the new partnership.
"And show how the secret US processes against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have compromised and contaminated other legal processes, including the extradition process against Mr Assange."
Garzón gained notoriety in Spain for overseeing a variety of globally high profile cases. In 1998 Garzón ordered the arrest of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. The Chilean dictator was charged with over 300 human right violations at the time of the order.
In 2009, Garzón gained even more notoriety when he considered laying down charges on the Bush Six, a legal team who released memos essentially authorising torture under the George W Bush administration.
Earlier this year, Garzón was once again making waves for illegally ordering wiretaps on Spanish prisoners in conversation with their lawyers. For the wiretaps Garzón was barred from Spanish Courts for 11 years by the Supreme Court.
Assange has been hold up in an Ecuadorian Embassy in London for the last month hoping to gain political asylum from the South American country. The Wikileaks founder was ordered to be extradited to Sweden by the UK courts earlier this year.
The Australian native is wanted for questioning in Sweden for a case involving the sexual assault of two Wikileaks volunteers. Assange has called the sexual assault charges a "politcal stunt" but has admitted that he fears being extradited to the US if he is delivered to Sweden.
Assange's WikiLeaks has drawn the ire of the US government and Assange fears imprisonment if he sent stateside.
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