- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 4, 2013

A British company that specializes in surveillance said on Thursday it did not bug Ecuador’s embassy in London.

The Surveillance Group Ltd. chief executive Timothy Young said his company has “never been engaged in any activities of this nature,” The Associated Press reported. He also said he only learned of the accusations in the media.

Ecuador Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said on Wednesday that embassy officials unearthed a small microphone last month that had been placed in an electrical outlet in Ambassador Ana Alban’s office.

Mr. Patino said to the press that he believed The Surveillance Group was responsible for the bugging.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is at the embassy. He’s been staying there for months to keep from being extradited to Sweden to face sexual assault charges.

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