Assange Blows Whistle Over Phone Monitoring, Leaks 'Spy Files'

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has claimed that several companies in the world are offering to sell information collected by monitoring mobile phones and smartphones.

Speaking during a press conference at City University in London, Assange warned smartphone and mobile users about a grave threat to their privacy while releasing what Wikileaks is calling the ‘Spy Files'.

The Spy Files contain details about more than 150 companies across the world, which have the technology to intercept mobile phone messages and voice calls. These companies collect the telecom data and sell them in wholesale to their clients.

Assange claims that sometimes the telecom data of entire population is offered for sale by these very organisations.

"Who here has an iPhone? Who here has a BlackBerry? Who here uses Gmail? Well, you're all screwed. The reality is, intelligence contractors are selling right now to countries across the world mass surveillance systems for all those products." Assange said during the press conference.

He also claimed that countries like the US, UK, South Africa, Canada and Australia were developing telecom spying equipments and selling them to "dictators and democracies alike", the The Press Association reports.

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