Earlier today, Julian Assange wrote via Twitter that the head of Wikileaks’ legal team, Baltasar Garzón, was targeted in a break in. The Wikileaks founder stated that no money was taken, security cameras were taped over and that local police believed it was a “very professional” operation.
Masked intruders have broken into the legal office of Baltasar Garzón, head of @wikileaks legal team, in Madrid. No money taken. Security cameras taped over. "Very professional" operation, say police. https://t.co/YyXvovQ03J
— Julian Assange ? (@JulianAssange) December 19, 2017
Spanish press outlet El Pais reports that “Several hooded men” entered Garzón’s office but did not steal money. This would imply that the crime was likely not financially motivated, but instead targeted the former Judge for his service to Wikileaks. This was further implied by El Pais’ report that, while cash was not stolen, some documents were possibly removed from the premises.
El Pais stated that The investigation is being carried out by the scientific police as if it were “an attempted robbery,” and that authorities are waiting for technicians to check as to whether documents in Garzón’s office have been tampered with.
Garzón joined Wikileaks legal team in 2012, and additional press reports recount that he was a a judge in Spain for 23 years to 2010. The Conversation related: “He is most famous for his attempt in 1998 to extradite former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet from the UK on charges of murder and torture of Spanish citizens. That episode led to a landmark decision in the UK which established that former heads of State have no sovereign immunity with regard to international crimes like torture.”
RT described Garzón: “A former judge at Spain’s central criminal court, Garzon is famous for issuing an international arrest warrant for former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet two decades ago, thus revolutionizing the international justice system and triggering a widespread fight against impunity in Latin America and the rest of the world.”
This is a developing story and Disobedient Media will continue to provide coverage as it unfolds.