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article imageJulian Assange: The $15 million man

By John Sevigny     Mar 6, 2015 in World
Keeping an eye on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange - who is holed up inside the Ecuadoran embassy in London - has cost British law enforcement over $15 million dollars, or $10 million British pounds.
London's Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe told CNN that round-the-clock security to watch Assange, who has avoided extradition since June 2012 by staying at the embassy, is "a drain."
Swedish officials want Assange extradited for questioning on allegations he sexually molested two women. But Assange, the founder and public face of Wikileaks, believes Sweden would eventually extradite him to the United States where a federal grand jury has spent five years looking into whether Assange should be tried for espionage.
That leaves Assange in limbo while he continues work from inside the embassy and British taxpayers holding the bill.
Hogan-Howe was quoted by LBC Radio saying: "We are reviewing the way forward there, and there's no doubt that it's a drain. We're gonna have to look to see what other opportunities we have, how we can do that differently in the future, because it's sucking our resources in."
Assange, meanwhile, said in an earlier interview with LBC that he is tired of intelligence officials questioning people who visit him at the embassy.
"The greatest concern for me is the intelligence gathering that the British police are doing on my visitors to the embassy, aggressively demanding their names and identity details," Assange said.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks from the second-floor balcony of Ecuador s Embassy in centra...
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks from the second-floor balcony of Ecuador's Embassy in central London on Sunday afternoon. The embassy was heavily guarded by a big contingent of London police. Assange's supporters gathered on the sidewalk across the embassy.
Still pictures taken Thursday  Aug. 16  2012   at the support rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Ass...
Still pictures taken Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at the support rally for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in front of the Ecuadorian embassy in central London.
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