It appears that there was a hidden microphone inside Ecuador’s London embassy—where Julian Assange is holed up and working. The foreign prime minister of the country said that Ecuador would announce who owns the bug next Wednesday. The microphone was found June 16 in the office of the ambassador to the UK, Ana Alban, around the time Prime Minister Ricardo Patino came to visit Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
The Foreign Office in London and Prime Minister David Cameron didn’t comment on the issue. Julian Assange has been in the embassy for over a year while dodging extradition to Sweden for allegation of rape and assault from two women. Assange denies the allegations and fled in fear of being extradition to the U.S for charges of leaking classified U.S documents on Wikileaks.
Via a new conference on the issue Prime Minister Richardo Patino stated, “We regret to inform you that in our embassy in London we have found a hidden microphone, I didn’t denounce this at the time because we didn’t want the theme of our visit to London to be confused with this matter,” At the time, he was in London to meet with Foreign Secretary William Hague about Assange.
Patino continued, “Furthermore, we first wanted to ascertain with precision what could be the origin of this interception device in the office of our ambassador, we are sorry to say so, but this is another instance of a loss of ethics at the international level in relations between governments,”
The issue of Assange has put a damper on relations between Ecuador and the United Kingdom. The Foreign Office mentioned that the Patino and Hague’s June 17 meeting saw no progress in the matter.
Wikileaks chimed in on the microphone via Twitter saying that “Sieging/bugging of Ecuador’s London embassy and the blockading of Morales jet shows that imperial arrogance is the gift that keeps on giving.”