London police spend over $5 mn in guarding Julian Assange

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 13:56

Sydney: The Scotland Yard has spent more than USD five million in guarding WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has sought asylum in Ecuadorian embassy in London.

The revelation comes as Assange prepares to mark his first anniversary taking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Scotland Yard has revealed that since June 19, when he was formally granted asylum, it has cost them more than USD 5.2 million to provide around-the-clock police guards around the embassy.

According to, with extra security from time to time for demonstrations, the police presence costs about USD 19,000.

The Scotland Yard revealed there are about eight police officers and video surveillance cameras outside the embassy at any given time, the report added.


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