Assange cost Ecuador was $5 million

Lester Mason
May 16, 2018

But it also writes that relations between Assange and Ecuador have badly deteriorated over the past several years.

The government of Ecuador has run up a $5 million tab accommodating Julian Assange in their United Kingdom embassy, according to a report in The Guardian.

After his appeal was denied, he took up asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy. That amount covered the cost of CCTV cameras that were installed in the embassy after his arrival, along with the hiring of an global security team who secretly filmed and recorded all activity, including Assange's daily routines and his interactions with visitors and staff.

The paper, which conducted its investigation with the Ecuadorian news outlet Focus Ecuador, reported the initiative had the direct approval of Ecuador's president until last May, Rafael Correa. Internal documents show he compromised the communications system within the embassy and had his own satellite internet access, allowing him to intercept staff communications.

Assange initially sought asylum in Ecuador to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was accused of multiple sexual assaults.

The WikiLeaks founder has effectively lived under house arrest in the London building for almost five years, after Britain denied his appeal for extradition to Sweden in 2012.

Sweden dropped its investigation previous year, but British authorities say they still want to arrest him for breaching his bail conditions.

Documents obtained by the Guardian newspaper suggest that Ecuador spent an average of $66,000 a month to protect the high-profile fugitive. Assange claims the accusations were politically motivated and could lead to him being extradited to the United States to face imprisonment over WikiLeaks' publication of secret U.S. military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010.

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