Published:  12:38 AM, 17 May 2018

Ecuador spied on Assange at London embassy

Ecuador spied on Assange at London embassy

Ecuador spied on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its London embassy where he has been living since 2012, initially to support him but things changed after he hacked the mission's computers, the Guardian reported Wednesday.

The newspaper said Ecuador employed an international security company and undercover agents to monitor his visitors, embassy staff and even the British police at the embassy in London's luxury Knightsbridge area.

It estimated the budget spent on the operation, referred to initially as "Operation Guest" and later "Operation Hotel" at $5.0 million.The snooping was initially intended to protect Assange from the risk of being taken away by British police but later became a full-blown spying operation.

-AFP, London

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