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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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.