Concealed Bug found in Ecuador Embassy in London where Julian Assange is staying
Ecuador embassy in London finds bug
Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:59:29 GMT
Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino says a concealed microphone was discovered in his country’s embassy in London where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is currently staying.
Patino said on Wednesday that the microphone was found in the office of Ambassador Ana Alban in a routine search prior to his visit to London on June 16.
The minister added that the origin of the bug will be revealed soon and explanations will also be demanded from those involved in the act.
On June 16, Patino met Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy in central London, where he has been living for a year.
“I was able to say face to face to him, for the first time, that the government of Ecuador remains firmly committed to protecting his human rights and that we continue to seek cast iron assurances to avoid any onward extradition to a third state,” the Ecuadorian foreign minister said.
In October 2010, Assange was denied residency in Sweden apparently over allegations of rape and molestation. The Wikileaks founder has maintained that he is innocent and claims the allegations are politically motivated.
Assange gave himself up to London police in December 2010 after Swedish police issued an international arrest warrant for him via Interpol on November 20 that year.
In May 2012, the UK Supreme Court ruled that Assange should be extradited to Sweden over the allegations.
Assange says if he is extradited to Sweden, he could be handed over to US authorities and sent to the United States, where he could be prosecuted for his role in leaking classified documents related to the US.