After Nearly $20 Million Spent Watching Assange, Scotland Yard Ends 24-Hour Guard Outside Embassy

by Nadia Prupis – After charging £12.6 million over three years to stand guard outside embassy, cordon removed in favor of new ‘overt and covert tactics’ UK police have withdrawn from their round-the-clock cordon outside of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lived under asylum for the past three years. Metropolitan police said the stakeout project had cost a total of £12.6 million ($19.4 million) and was “no longer proportionate,” but said they would still try to arrest Assange, who is wanted in Sweden for questioning over sexual assault allegations. Instead of posting uniformed guards at the embassy, police said they would employ “overt and covert tactics” to nab the Australian journalist. But as Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson told the BBC, the change in operation will not affect Assange. “They will still arrest Julian if he steps outside the embassy so there is no real change...

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