Julian Assange costs London police £10 million to watch embassy

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Julian Assange costs London police £10 million to watch embassy

The Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says the cost of guarding the Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange is to be reviewed after he admitted the operation was ‘sucking our resources.’

Mr Assange has taken asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in Knightsbridge for the past two-and-a-half-years.

If Julian Assange steps outside of the building he will be arrested by Swedish Authorities.

He was given political asylum after Sweden said they wanted him extradited over sex assault claims - which he denies.

Today the Metropolitan Police Chief revealed the cost to the tax payer so far has been close to £10 million.

A freedom of information request found that the cost of guarding and policing around the embassy where Assange is held, costs up to £10,000 a day.

The operation was funded by the Met’s diplomatic protection budget, which covers the cost of keeping embassies guarded.

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