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.
Wikileaks has tweeted a picture purporting to show the bug that was reportedly found in Ecuador's embassy in London.
Ecuador's ambassador to the UK, Ana Alban, has told ITV News the microphone allegedly found inside her embassy is going to be sent away to be tested.
She said: "We found something, but we don't know what it is, and we are sending it to someone...I don't know how long it has been there."
Ecuador's ambassador to the UK, Ana Alban, has told ITV News she had "nothing to say" about the allegations made by her foreign minister that the London embassy was bugged with a hidden microphone:
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.
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's foreign minister Ricardo Patino said they will release information on who planted the bug inside their embassy in London.
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.
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.
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."
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 says that Edward Snowden is healthy and safe and is in touch with his legal team.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has claimed that Edward Snowden left Hong Kong on 23rd June bound for Ecuador via Russia and other states.
He said Snowden is not a traitor or a spy but "a whistleblower who has told the public an important truth."