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    Ecuador Has Spent Millions Hosting Julian Assange

    The South American government has reportedly spent an estimated $5 million on a security network built around the WikiLeaks founder, who took up residence at Ecuador’s London embassy in 2012. Ecuador’s president and foreign minister both signed off on Operation Hotel, which includes surveillance and escape plans, and is believed to cost at least $66,000 per month. Assange was officially granted Ecuadorian citizenship earlier this year, but remains at the embassy — which cut his social media access and reportedly barred Assange from having visitors recently amid souring relations.

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