AS­SANGE ASY­LUM COST MIL­LIONS

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ECUADOR spent more than $6.6 mil­lion pro­tect­ing and sup­port­ing Ju­lian As­sange af­ter he took refuge at its Lon­don em­bassy, se­cret files have re­vealed.

A top-level in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tion was set up to mon­i­tor the ac­tiv­i­ties of Scot­land Yard and vis­i­tors.

Un­der­cover pri­vate se­cu­rity staff recorded in minute de­tail the move­ments of po­lice of­fi­cers guard­ing the Knights­bridge build­ing, doc­u­ments dis­closed. And they listed de­tails of vis­i­tors in­clud­ing ex-Ukip leader Nigel Farage, ac­tor Pamela An­der­son, ac­tivists, lawyers and jour­nal­ists.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors al­legedly dis­cov­ered the Wik­iLeaks founder hacked into the em­bassy’s com­puter net­work and set up a satel­lite link.

As­sange, 46, claimed asy­lum at the em­bassy in 2012 af­ter los­ing a le­gal bat­tle to bar his ex­tra­di­tion to Swe­den.

Ju­lian As­sange

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