London, Apr 10 : WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson on Wednesday revealed that its founder Julian Assange was under extensive spying operation at the Ecuadorean embassy where he has been hiding since 2012 when he jumped court bail here, after seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations.
The Wikileaks chief has accused spies installing hidden cameras to watch Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and claimed that Assange has been the victim of an "extreme spying operation" and it is part of a €3million extortion plot. Hrafnsson said he assumes the information had been given to Donald Trump's administration.
He said that they were sent copies of thousands of photos and videos that were recorded of Assange since 2012. The videos included a meeting between him and his lawyer, and a medical examination, The Sun reported. Hrafnsson said these people threatened to publish its contents unless they handed over the sum.
He said: "Wikileaks has uncovered an extensive spying operation against Julian Assange within the Ecuadorean embassy." He did not immediately give evidence for his claims. He added "We know that there was a request to hand over visitor’s logs from the embassy and video recordings from within the security cameras in the embassy."
Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno has repeatedly accused Assange of breaching the terms of his asylum. Chelsea Manning, who leaked the sensitive documents which sparked Assange’s asylum saga, was arrested recently and jailed for reportedly failing to testify in a sealed case rumored to be against Assange.
Assange, 47, has been in the embassy, a small office in an apartment block behind Harrods in Knightsbridge, for almost seven years. He entered on June 19, 2012 and was granted political asylum after exhausting his appeals against an extradition order to go to Sweden to face rape and sexual assault allegations. UNI