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Julian Assange to forfeit extra security at Ecuadorean embassy


Ecuador has cancelled extra security at the London embassy where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up since 2012.

From now on, the diplomatic mission will have "normal security similar to the rest of Ecuador's embassies in the world", according to the country's National Communications Secretariat.

Its statement did not say why the decision was made.

This week, it was revealed how the country's previous administration had protected Assange through a $5m (£3.7m) spy operation monitoring his visitors, embassy personnel and even British police.

Assange sought refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid being extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault allegations which authorities have since dropped.