$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