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WikiLeaks slams 'arrogance' of 'bug' in embassy

WikiLeaks have tweeted their distaste at the detention of Bolivia's president Morales in Vienna and the alleged discovery of a bug in the embassy of Ecuador.

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Sieging/bugging of Ecuador's London embassy and the blockading of Morales jet shows that imperial arrogance is the gift that keeps on giving

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."

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Assange blasts 'extreme and bellicose US statements'

Speaking from the Ecuadorian Embassy where he is attempting to escape extradition, Julian Assange has spoken by phone and has blasted the US administration for 'bullying' Russia and other states over the case of Edward Snowden.

Today we have seen a range of extreme bellicose statements from the US administration, attempting to bully Russia and other nations from facilitating Mr Snowden's asylum .

Every person has the right to seek and receive political asylum, those rights are enshrine in United Nations agreements of which the United States is a party.

It is counter-productive and unacceptable for the Obama administration to try and interfere with those rights. It reflects poorly on the US administration and no self respecting country would submit to such interference or such bullying by the US in this matter.

– Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder

Assange urges countries to offer Snowden asylum

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has called for countries to step forward to offer asylum to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Mr Assange said in a statement: "A few weeks ago, Edward Snowden blew the whistle on an ongoing programme - involving the Obama administration, the intelligence community and the internet services giants - to spy on everyone in the world.

Julian Assange speaks to the media inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
Julian Assange speaks to the media inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

"As if by clockwork, he has been charged with espionage by the Obama administration.

"The US Government is spying on each and every one of us, but it is Edward Snowden who is charged with espionage for tipping us off.

"Let's be very careful about who we call 'traitor'. Edward Snowden is one of us.

"Tell your governments to step forward. Step forward and stand with Snowden".

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