Some 2.9 million pounds (3.3 million euros, or $ 4 million), is the amount that has spent the Scotland Yard to monitor the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, who remains as a refugee at the embassy of Ecuador in London for 8 months.
Police officers remain 24 hours a day stationed around the building where Ecuador has its embassy in the central district of Knightsbridge. The costs are related to the usual payment of salaries to staff, plus overtime.
Assange entered the Ecuadorian embassy on June 19, 2012, to avoid being extradited to Sweden, over alleged sex crimes.
Ricardo Patiño, Ecuador’s foreign minister, last February 2, on declarations at New York, said his government “keeps the conversation” with the UK, but did not know of progress on a possible solution to the asylum granted to Assange.