Ecuador’s foreign minister voiced suspicion on Wednesday that British intelligence was perpetually spying on his country’s embassy in London, where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is camped out. “There are cameras everywhere. It is one of the most spied on embassies in the world,” Ecuador’s top diplomat Guillaume Long told reporters in Geneva, on the sidelines of a Human Rights Council session. “You are very fortunate if you can even make a phone call from inside the embassy. Internet collapses all the time. Everything is hacked. It is a pretty hostile context for Mr. Assange, every day,” Long said. Asked if he believed British intelligence was responsible for the espionage, Long said: “I have my suspicions.” Assange, 44, is wanted for questioning over a 2010 rape allegation in Sweden but has been inside Ecuador’s UK mission for more than four years in a bid to avoid extradition. Long said Assange’s health was deteriorating, mentioning a serious arm problem without providing details. The minister said he came to the rights council during a European diplomatic tour partly aimed at resolving the Assange saga. A UN panel in February issued a non-binding legal opinion that Assange had been subjected to arbitrary detention by the Swedish and British governments. Stockholm and London have both rejected that ruling, with Britain calling for an official review.
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