Ecuador: Our UK Embassy Was Bugged

'Spy microphone' found weeks ago: foreign minister

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 4, 2013 4:12 AM CDT | Updated Jul 4, 2013 4:29 AM CDT

(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.

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.
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)
Ricardo Patino holds up a photograph of what he says is the electric socket at his country's embassy in London where a hidden microphone was found, during a press conference Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
Ricardo Patino holds up a photograph of what he says is the electric socket at his country's embassy in London where a hidden microphone was found, during a press conference Wednesday, July 3, 2013.   (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
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