Denis Foynes – Ecuador has asked British authorities to assist in their investigation surrounding the discovery of a secret microphone found in the country’s London-based embassy.
The device was located last month inside a white socket, behind a bookshelf, in the office of Ambassador Ana Alban. The purpose of the device was to listen in on her conservations.
Wikileaks founder Jullian Assange has been staying at the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden for sexual assault allegations. He denies these claims and believes that extradition to Sweden is simply a first step in efforts to remove him to the U.S., where he has enraged officials by publishing top-secret documents including 250,000 State Department cables. Assange lives and works in a different room in the building.
The device was located when work was being carried out on the building’s wiring.
Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino stated that “We have reason to believe that the bugging was carried out by The Surveillance Group Limited, one of the largest private investigation and covert surveillance companies in the United Kingdom.” The company has claimed the accusations are “wholly untrue.”
This story breaks amid worldwide debate over U.S. surveillance, especially after the reports that the National Security Agency implanted bugs in diplomatic offices.