The popular website ProPakistani links to a transcript of a 2013 interview with Imran Khan, ex-cricketer and leader and founder of the populist Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s political party.
In the interview, retrieved from the Internet Archives on Jan 14th 2013, Assange touches on the theft of voter data via a UK-based firm by the name of International Identity Service (IIS) in the UK, to serve as a consultant for NADRA. Details regarding IIS and the outsourcing project can be found here.
The portion of the interview in which Assange refers to IIS as a “front company” designed to facilitate the aforementioned voter data theft is as follows:
“Imran, we discovered a cable [09ISLAMABAD1642] in 2009 from the Islamabad Embassy. Prime Minister Gilani and Interior Minister Malik went into the embassy and offered to share NADRA – and NADRA is the national data and registration agency database.
The system is currently connected through passport data but the Government of Pakistan is adding voice and facial recognition capability and has installed a pilot biometric system as the Chennai border crossing, where 30,000 to 35,000 people cross each day. This NADRA system, that is the voting record system for all voters in Pakistan, and a front company was set up in the United Kingdom – International Identity Services, which was hired as the consultants for NADRA to squirrel out the NADRA data for all of Pakistan.
What do you think about that? Is that a…? It seems to me that that is a theft of some national treasure of Pakistan, the entire Pakistani database registry of its people.”