Quito, Ecuador

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$5 mil­lion for As­sange: Ecuado­rans were out­raged to dis­cover this week that their gov­ern­ment has paid at least $5 mil­lion for se­cu­rity to keep fugi­tive Wik­iLeaks founder Ju­lian As­sange in the coun­try’s Lon­don em­bassy. A re­port by in­ves­tiga­tive group Fo­cus Ecuador and The Guardian found that since 2012 a se­cret in­tel­li­gence fund has been used to pay a se­cu­rity com­pany and un­der­cover agents to mon­i­tor As­sange’s visi­tors and all com­ings and go­ings at the build­ing. The Wik­iLeaks founder sought sanc­tu­ary at the Ecuado­ran Em­bassy af­ter los­ing his le­gal fight against ex­tra­di­tion to Swe­den, where two women ac­cused him of rape. He claims he risks be­ing ex­tra­dited to the U.S. to face trial for pub­lish­ing state se­crets if he leaves the em­bassy.

A costly guest

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