Ecuador: Our UK Embassy Was Bugged

'Spy microphone' found weeks ago: foreign minister
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 4, 2013 4:12 AM CDT
Updated Jul 4, 2013 4:29 AM CDT
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, left, appears with Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Sunday, June 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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(Newser) – More news on the surveillance front—and in a twist, the target is a building housing one of the world's most notorious leakers. Ecuador says it found a "spy microphone" in its embassy, where Julian Assange has been living for more than a year. The country has asked British authorities to help investigate the device, which was found inside a power outlet in the ambassador's office, CNN reports. The gadget, which houses a SIM card, was found June 14 and likely installed for weeks, says foreign minister Ricardo Patino. Ecuador has "founded suspicions" that a private UK firm had a hand in the spying, Patino says. (Read more Ecuador stories.)

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