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WikiLeaks accuses Ecuador of spying on Assange at embassy

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on Wednesday accused the Ecuadorian of spying on as tensions mounted between the founder and his hosts.

The group's editor-in-chief, Kristinn Hrafnsson, told a conference that Assange's meetings with lawyers and a doctor had been secretly filmed by Ecuadorian authorities.

Assange sought refuge in the in London in 2012 and has been living there ever since.

has dropped an investigation into rape allegations against Assange, but he refuses to come out for fear of facing US charges related to WikiLeaks' publication of classified documents.

He also faces arrest in Britain for jumping bail.

Relations between Assange and his Ecuadorian hosts have turned sour in recent weeks with a series of accusations from both sides.

Assange's team fears he may be expelled from his refuge.

Ecuador's vice president, Otto Sonnenholzner, says Assange will have to "abide by the consequences" if he is found to have violated an put in place in October.

Speaking to the Sonorama radio station, he said, "The only thing demands is fulfillment of the protocol, a protocol that limits certain privileges."

He said the protocol imposed in October has allowed the country to cut its budget for maintaining Assange, which officials had estimated at USD 1 million a year.

It sets rules on visits, medical spending, food, and other issues.

Sonnenholzner said will present a report about compliance with the protocol to on Wednesday, and will do the same on Thursday to congressional leaders.

Following the report, he said, "we will see ... what happens in that situation.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 00:55 IST
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