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Wikileaks founder Assange's embassy policing costs cross $13 million

Published on Jun 19, 2014 11:38 PM

LONDON (AFP) - The cost of policing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's asylum at Ecuador's embassy in London has passed £6 million (S$12.7 million), Scotland Yard said on Thursday, two years to the day since he sought refuge there.

The £6.4 million figure comes after Britain's Foreign Office urged Ecuador to bring Assange's "difficult and costly residence to an end".

Assange has been holed up at the embassy in London's prestigious Knightsbridge district to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual assault.

He fears extradition would lead to him being sent on to the United States, where he could face trial over WikiLeaks' publication of classified US military and diplomatic documents.

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