Ecuador says it found a hidden microphone at its London embassy

A supporter of Edward Snowden holds a sign that reads "Thank You Ecuador", outside the Embassy of Ecuador in London June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

A supporter of Edward Snowden holds a sign that reads “Thank You Ecuador”, outside the Embassy of Ecuador in London June 24, 2013.

Ecuador has found a hidden microphone inside its London embassy, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is living, and will disclose on Wednesday who controls the device, its foreign minister said.

Ricardo Patino said the microphone was found inside the office of the Ecuadorean ambassador to the United Kingdom, Ana Alban, at the time of a visit to the embassy by Patino to meet with Assange on June 16. Assange lives and works in a different room within the embassy.

The Foreign Office in London declined to comment immediately on the allegation and Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokesman said he did not comment on security issues.

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