Julian Assange who lived in Ecuador’ Embassy in London since 2012, has lost all his extra security, BBC reported. President Moreno’s decree ordered to withdraw any additional security at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Julian Assange became the most expensive guest for Ecuador’s treasury, so national leader Lenin Moreno made the decision to remove extra security. In a brief statement, the presidential office said:
“The president of the republic, Lenín Moreno, has ordered that any additional security at the Ecuadorian embassy in London be withdrawn immediately.”
Since 2012, Ecuador’s government has spent at least $4.9 billion on intelligence operations to protect Mr Assange who is avoiding extradition to Sweden over sex crime allegations, which he denies. The giant bill, which averaged $66,000 per month, rose the questions about its reasonability. According to President, Embassy in London should maintain normal security similar to that of other Ecuadorian embassies.
Mr Assange fears he will be extradited to the US if he leaves the embassy in Knightsbridge. In 2010, WikiLeaks published secret US military documents and diplomatic cables detailing alleged war crimes and human rights violations.
The operation had the support of then Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa, the paper reported, adding that it has been wound down since new leader Lenin Moreno took power last year. The security team recorded Assange’s daily activities and his interactions with embassy staff and visitors, including fellow hackers, activists and lawyers.