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Ecuador to withdraw 'additional security' at London embassy

AFP  |  Quito 

has announced that it would withdraw additional security measures at its after an investigation found it plunged USD 5 million into a operation to protect founder

The move, ordered by Lenin Moreno, came after newspaper and Focus revealed the previous administration of funded the operation that involved monitoring Assange's visitors, embassy personnel and the

In March, cut off Assange's ability to communicate with the outside world after he broke a 2017 promise to not interfere in other countries' affairs while in the mission.

Assange, 46, sought refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid being extradited to to face sexual assault allegations, which he denies.

Assange claims the accusations were politically motivated and could lead to his being extradited to the to face imprisonment over WikiLeaks' publication of secret US military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010.

Swedish authorities dropped their investigations last year, but British authorities still want to arrest him for breaching bail conditions.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 12:10 IST
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