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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has cameras 'spying' on his home

By Kev Hedges     Jun 16, 2011 in Politics
While serving time under house arrest in an East Anglian home in the UK, those close to Julian Assange have claimed the British government are spying on him.
It follows the discovery of three CCTV cameras erected outside his temporary home at Ellingham Hall in the county of Norfolk. Wikileaks have created a video which shows the CCTV camera positioned right outside the entrance to the hall. There are two other entrances to the property and both accesses have seen cameras recently installed outside.
Mr Assange is currently battling an extradition request from Sweden following allegations of sexual assault in the country and has been living in the home for the past six months. Mr Assange moved into the property in December last year; none of the CCTV cameras were there prior to the Wikileaks founder's arrival at the country house according to a special report in the UK Telegraph.
Wikileaks supporter, Sarah Harrison explains in the video that there are three entrances to Ellingham Hall and there is a camera mounted outside each one. Mr Assange has also been fitted with an electronic tag around his ankle. The tag is seen being fitted by staff members of security company Serco. In one part of the Wikileaks video, a security staff member is seen objecting to being filmed as he checks the electronic boxes within the house.
The owner of the house, Vaughan Smith says, “I am not an expert on cameras but I believe that these take number plates and report number plates. I think the country is full of them but I don’t know why I need quite so many of them around my house.” Supporters of Mr Assange believe the intrusive monitoring is both excessive and unnecessary, particularly as he has complied strictly to his bail conditions.
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