British security firm Surveillance Group Ltd has denied bugging the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
– Timothy Young, CEO, Surveillance Group Ltd
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.
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."