Australian asylum-seeker Julian Assange, his work team, diplomatic and security personnel had to live together, for 2,487 days in the 300 square meters that has the Embassy of Ecuador in London. “He made the embassy his refuge and headquarters, but also his home.”
“A coexistence often tense”, qualifies the newspaper EL PAÍS, of Spain, which presented a report based on the testimonies of security guards of an Iberian company in charge of protecting the delegation at the time and those who ‘loosed their language’.
The Spanish version tells a singular case: “A plumber had to travel from the Valencian town (in Spain) where he lived to London to repair a fault … in the toilet of the most wanted cyber-activist in the world”. By then, Assange had been living there for 4 years.
“The bill for the four days of repair was 4,000 euros ($ 4,527). Assange could already let the shower water run again, “he says, arguing that the damage was done by the tenant” to hinder possible eavesdropping, as they remember that the guards told them. “
And he continues: “This episode reveals the extent to which an everyday incident becomes a complication if it affects the most uncomfortable guest in the world.”
“In the embassy everything was filled with cameras, both inside and out,” says Txema Guijarro, the deputy of the leftist political party Podemos, who was then Ecuador’s adviser to manage “the diplomatic problem that supposed to have the founder in the legation of Wikileaks, “says the newspaper. “Assange always had the obsession that those images could be hacked.”
“Shortly after arriving at the embassy in 2012, Assange begins to distrust and asks the diplomatic staff to allow him to work with the recording equipment. He wants to find out who bothers him at dawn from the street, throwing small objects against the windows. The permission is granted, but a few days later, when he is using the equipment, the security guard on duty prevents him. They argue and struggle. It is one of the first disagreements. “
Assange seeks privacy. “He gets up late to work on his computers and goes to bed early in the morning; thus it does not cross with the diplomatic personnel. Although he can not leave, he receives hundreds of visits. Before each one, it is necessary to submit a petition two days in advance, which is recorded “.
“The situation that Assange is in is not easy due to his emotional state. Throughout the trajectory, it has gone through different stages in which it could be more or less in accordance with the procedures -security and surveillance-, “says David Morales, the owner of the surveillance company.
Physical and mental deterioration
Not only does your mood deteriorate, but you also suffer from physical problems. With the pass of the years it drags the feet when walking and it accuses problems of vision due to the confinement.
He doesn’t see well. The doctor recommends to look at the distance and the embassy gives him another room from which he can see the street.
The same one that stepped on last Thursday last. Thus ended 2,487 days of going and coming … (I)