Uk firm denies bugging embassy

A British security firm has denied claims by Ecuador's foreign minister that it was responsible for bugging its London embassy.

UK firm denies bugging Ecuador Embassy in London

British security firm Surveillance Group Ltd has denied bugging the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

We have this morning heard an accusation the source of which is apparently Ricardo Patino, the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister suggesting that we have bugged the Ecuadorian Embassy.

This is completely untrue. The Surveillance Group do not and have never been engaged in any activities of this nature.

We have not been contacted by any member of the Ecuadorian Government and our first notification about this incident was via the press this morning.

This is a wholly untrue assertion.

– Timothy Young, CEO, Surveillance Group Ltd

Ecuadorian foreign minister Ricardo Patino had earlier said he had "reason to believe that the bugging was being carried out by the company, the Surveillance Group Limited... one of the biggest private investigation and undercover surveillance companies in the United Kingdom."

Ecuador implicates British surveillance firm in 'bugging'

Ecuador's foreign minister Ricardo Patino has said he believes a British surveillance firm was involved in allegedly planting a secret listening device at the nation's embassy in London.

He told a news conference in Quito that he will request the "collaboration of the British government" on the issue:

After this discovery, the government of Ecuador will request the collaboration of the British government in investigating this issue to discover who is implicated in this espionage operation.

[We] have reason to believe that the bugging was being carried out by...one of the biggest private investigation and undercover surveillance companies in the United Kingdom.

– Ricardo Patino, foreign minister for ecuador

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Ecuador to release details of 'bug planter'

Julian Assange and Ecuador's foreign minister Ricardo Patino inside the Ecuadorian embassy.
Julian Assange and Ecuador's foreign minister Ricardo Patino inside the Ecuadorian embassy, in June this year. Credit: PA Wire

Ecuador's foreign minister Ricardo Patino said they will release information on who planted the bug inside their embassy in London.

Read: 'Hidden microphone' found in Ecuadorian Embassy

Patino said the device was used to collect "all kinds" of information from the office and was discovered before his visit to Assange, who has been staying in the embassy for more than a year. In a press conference in Quito, he said:

"We found that the device was used to collect all kinds of information in our embassy office. I didn't make it public at that time for we didn't want to affect the visit.

But we immediately conducted an investigation to find the source and I will release our result at tomorrow's press conference including the source of the device, who was using it and which department installed it."

Ricardo added that he hopes relevant countries or organizations could offer a reasonable explanation for the hidden listening device.

'Hidden microphone' found in Ecuadorian Embassy

A hidden microphone has been found in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the country's foreign minister said.

It was found in the office of the ambassador Ana Alban during a routine search ahead of his visit to London on June 16, AFP reported.

Ecuadorian foreign minister Ricardo Patino at a press conference this morning.
Ecuadorian foreign minister Ricardo Patino at a press conference this morning. Credit: EBU

Ricardo Patino, the Ecuadorian foreign minister, said: "We are sorry to inform you that we have found a hidden microphone in our embassy in London."