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The Ecuador Intelligence agency spied on Assange
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Posted on August 17, 2015 by The Editor

Julian Assange, hacker and inconvenient guest of the Embassy of Ecuador in London, who has not seen the sunlight for over three years ever since he was granted asylum in August 2012. He lives in a 19 square meters room with an adjoining bathroom and a small area converted into a kitchen. Within a few months of the asylum being granted, the SENAIN launched the 'Operation Hotel', with the objective of monitoring Assange. The use of video and audio devices, drastic safety protocols and other extreme means of surveillance suggest that Ecuador did not have any trust when it came to their protégé. What is behind this latest spying episode ?

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño has tried on many occasions to get the Swedish justice system to recognise Julian Assange as a political refugee but he has not succeeded.

Julian Paul Assange was born in Queensland - Australia, July 3rd, 1971. He is a journalist, programmer and creator of WikiLeaks. Without any access to sunlight or fresh air, he has occasionally showed signs of desperation. "When he dreams, Mr. Assange tends to shout and talks incoherently (this is due to nightmares)" relates a report from the Ecuador national intelligence agency SENAIN, an observation based on internally generated daily reports concerning the so-called "guest". Being the target of intelligence agencies from the United States, Sweden and Britain was predictable but it was unlikely that the intelligence agency from the very country which gave him protection - a country once considered "insignificant" - was now spying on him.


The information to which Focus has access is part of a comprehensively documented report in the possession of Cynthia Viteri. She is asking President Rafael Correa for answers to questions such as "Did you order or know about the activities carried out by SENAIN at the Embassy in London." For Viteri, "the operations carried out by the agency, including intelligence operations against politicians belonging to the opposition, social leaders, trade organisations and ordinary citizens, violate the Constitution of the Republic and its own rules, having used public funds to violate the privacy of our families, " she says. Thus, the confidential and privileged aspect of the information obtained by the SENAIN is lost.

For Member of Parliament Cynthia Viteri, the espionage conducted by the SENAIN constitutes a series of crimes which must be investigated


Operation Hotel was designed in three phases by the Ecuadorian intelligence agency (SENAIN) with three specific objectives: to generate adequate living conditions for the "guest", to resume full activities at the Embassy to avoid possible information leakage and to optimise the security processes in the diplomatic home quarters.

Phase I sought to guarantee the conditions under which Assange was staying at the Embassy and prepare a plan for a possible attack which could force the "guest" and his security team to evacuate in case of a deliberate fire and the ensuing smoke ; it even prepared for a situation in which the opposing force could use hidden chemical agents obliging the "guest" to go outside for lack of oxygen.

At this stage the technical adjustments to the site, such as installing a shower in the bathroom, carpentry and painting services in areas that would be available to Assange were also made. In addition, a meticulous record of all the people working in every area of the Embassy was kept, especially of those who were close to him.


"We understand that Mr. Guest is used to interact with the Embassy staff, especially those with whom he has a lot of contacts and a friendly relationship", stated the SENAIN report. There was so much control around him that part of the Operation Hotel strategy was to limit the contacts he had with the embassy employees. It was even determined that it was very important that those who provided security inside the embassy should speak Spanish, to ensure they would be able to communicate without any problems and thus ensuring a basic communication only with the "guest."

In some instances, the "guest" requested that he be able to chose his own Security Service inside the embassy, suggesting the use of Russians. For the SENAIN agents, such choice would have meant, among other problems, the loss of control of the Embassy itself leaving the "guest" free access to control and manage the flow of information. The report even asserts that it would have been the equivalent of "a coup in the embassy."

The then Ambassador Ana Alban introduced a series of restrictions concerning Julian Assange's activities at the London office.

During Phase II of this surveillance operation, the aim would be to strengthen measures, protocols and security systems designed to match the level of sensitivity of the situation in which the Embassy and its occupants found themselves, and also to visually and technically improve the safety measures as well as the screening of the staff and the detection of leaks.

The report stresses that "From a tactical point of view , the use of viewing and listening devices, as well as monitoring and surveillance tools created a containment situation with the opposing forces"

Giving asylum to Julian, distrusting Assange

In Phase II, not only recording video and audio systems would be implemented but also the freedom of the guest's movements would be restricted, especially the way he used to come in and out as well as his nocturnal activities in the offices and annexes, such as the ambassador's and consul's offices, because the risks meant a serious lack of security concerning the possibility of leaks of confidential or proprietary information to which Assange could have access to and which should be restricted.

The video conference between Rafael Correa and Julian Assange was coordinated by Eva Golinger. Assange later said that Ecuador was an insignificant country.

These measures, which were as part of Operation Hotel, are an indication of the level of distrust that the regime of Rafael Correa had for Julian Assange. The following is an excerpt from the report: "Mr. Guest is a host at the Embassy, he is not a member of the staff and should not participate or interfere in the activities of the Embassy, so he must be kept away from activities that are the exclusive responsibility of the management of the diplomatic mission of Ecuador in London. "

Some of the public activities around the presence of Assange in the Embassy of Ecuador in London were entrusted to the American/Venezuelan lawyer and journalist Eva Golinger, through a contract of service signed with the Ministry.

An Unpleasant atmosphere in the London Embassy

The Embassy staff had been really worried about the activities of the refugee, because in one of the paragraphs it is mentioned a need "to regain control and manage the necessary protocols to create the state of security needed to allow and redirect the actions in a positive and correct fashion. "

Inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London there is an hostile environment and concern, together with the fact that the day to day activities are constantly interrupted. The report also reveals that the personality of Julian constantly clashes with the security agents who have to execute the orders and implement the processes.

Julian Assange inside the Embassy of Ecuador, doing some promotion for his candidacy for the Australian Senate

Assange erupted with fury and caused material damages

One situation that occurred between the "guest" and members of the Embassy is included in this report.

"At about ten past six am on January 4th 2013, the officer on duty heard a sound like a blow coming from inside Mr. Assange's room, he reacted quickly and ran to the room to see what was happening, he knocked on the door and asked if Mr. Assange was well, Assange answered the door of the adjacent room to say that he was good, and according to the officer on duty, this was to prevent him from looking inside the room, he repeated that everything was ok and nothing had happened (without any explanation), and closed the door. "

Assange had gone to the bathroom a couple of times, holding something in his hands ... "an agent opened the door and peeked inside the room, only to realize that there was some overturned furniture in the center of the room. The Security personnel informed "BLANCO" about what had happened. He gave the order not to touch anything in the room and to leave Mr. Assange in the bathroom, not to bother him but to keep him under control. " The report refers repeatedly to Blanco and Azul as key members for the development of the operation.

RAFAEL PÁEZ, decorator/decorator or undercover agent?

The report shows that the monitoring levels applied to the "guest"'s circle of people were very high, this was also the case for one of the painters who worked on the conversion of the apartments during Phase I of this operation. Rafael Paez had previously worked on the carpentry, masonry and other fixtures for Phase II of Operation Hotel.

Report about the damage caused in Mr Assange's quarters in the Embassy of Ecuador

The bizarre thing is that there was a second person with the same job. The following is an excerpt from the report that reveals the painstaking surveillance process concerning Assange. "The other person is an acquaintance of Silvia Almeida's, the accountant, (they attend the same church, apparently he is quite religious. The Seguridad Diplomática guards believe he is a bit fanatical and spends all day singing religious songs and talking about God). The peculiar thing is that he said that he once belonged to the guerrillas in El Salvador and had lost three children to the war. It is worth finding out a bit more about Silvia Almeida's religious connections. "

TXEMA, another member of the Operation

Another person mentioned in this report is José María Guijarro (Txema), Under-Secretary for Africa, Asia and Oceania, who has commented that the "guest "had problems with his vision because his field of vision was limited to the dimensions of his room or his computer screen. It was recommended to let him go to the ambassador's office at night so he could look out the window to alleviate his vision problem.

The microphone was connected to the power supply of the Embassy and had a SIM card from a telephone company. The listening mode was activated by making a call. Patiño expressed suspicions that the device belonged to the Surveillance Group Company Limited, a UK company dedicated to espionage.

The ambassador's microphone

On June 14th 2013, Ricardo Patino, Ecuador's foreign minister, reported that a microphone had been found in Ana Alban's office, the ambassador. It was a device hidden inside an electrical socket behind a bookcase.
The microphone was connected to the power supply of the Embassy and had a SIM card from a telephone company. The listening mode was activated by making a call. Patiño expressed suspicions that the device belonged to the Surveillance Group Company Limited, a UK company dedicated to espionage.

The report describes in detail that the cameras and systems used for the development of Phase II were exceptional first-generation equipment for the "control and supervision" of this diplomatic mission.

One of the paragraphs in the report directly refers to Julian Assange's surveillance within the Ecuadorian Embassy. "If the Government of Ecuador finally decided the realization of such actions (obtaining information directly, espionage) they should be part of other operational parameters to avoid potential repercussions towards the Embassy once it was realised that such actions were taking place from inside the embassy itself. "

Julian Assange, interviewed by Eva Golinger, for the RT program 'Behind the News'. Part of the public activities around the presence of Assange in the Embassy of Ecuador in London were entrusted to the chavist journalist Eva Golinger, through a contract with the Foreign Ministry.

Assange's personal trainer

Both the WikiLeaks team and the people trusted by Assange were subjected to the restriction of movements and controlled by the staff. According to this document, the intelligence inside the Embassy identified one Benjamin Griffin, British, former British Army soldier and a member of the SAS Special Forces as Assange's personal trainer. The SENAIN assumed that "he is a potential threat in terms of the information he could have access to and/or provide to third parties because we do not have complete assurance that he does not have any more links to the British military establishment. "

As an example of the recommendations made by Assange, there is one which is particularly striking. He asked for his personal boxing trainer to take part in supervising the installation of the security system.


Given all these constraints, the embarrassing "guest" had requested that the security installations be audited; the said auditor would have been part of Assange's team, and at this stage, SENAIN voiced their disagreement on the grounds that such action would involve the transfer of all the keys as well as the systems' configurations. "This would be another serious violation of the security protocol because neither Mr Guest nor his team can guarantee that the information obtained would not end up in the hands of third parties or used against the interests of Ecuador" says SENAIN.

"This audit requested by Mr Guest would represent a high operational risk, as well as a risk for the ambassador, since the agency in Salamanca would not be able to monitor and control the video surveillance and recording systems, in as much as it would enable the uncontrolled distribution of images which could potentially be counter-productive in regards of Ecuador's political actions (although initially they could advance Mr. Guest's cause) " the report said.

It is estimated that at the beginning, Assange's fame and the global impact of the asylum request itself created a special preferential context for the "guest", a situation which changed when certain excesses were curtailed and a code of internal living standards was implemented. "

The consumption of alcohol, parties and walking barefoot

"We understand that Mr. Guest is used to interact with the Embassy staff, especially those with whom he gets on well.

Understandably, he is also looking to establish similar relationships with the security agents, but this falls outside of the mission's parameters which are set to maintain a strict protocol of interaction with all the people from outside the Embassy (mainly him and his guests), and up to then everybody enjoyed full freedom of movements inside (without any restrictions) but in some instances, non standard behaviour was witnessed in the building (consumption of alcoholic beverages in the lobby of the Embassy during working hours, walking barefoot through the Embassy during business hours, festive gatherings, inappropriate dress code, etc) and these actions could have had dire consequences in terms of the image of the Diplomatic Delegation and its mission in London and the same could be said of Mr Guest and his cause, " it reads.

ASYLUM distrust

And obviously, there was also the distrust of the Ecuadorian government with respect to the specific interests of Assange and WikiLeaks; "We take note that Ecuador's and Mr Guest's agendas and interests maybe be aligned, but sometimes they may not converge and they may also be inconsistent with the policy of Ecuador," said one of the documents.

There is very little information regarding Phase III apart from the fact that "it will be implemented taking into account other solutions, to strengthen the security of the site and its users'."

Assange's identity is confused with the Guy Fawkes mask, a symbol of the activist movement Anonymous

House rules for the "guest": Alcohol to be consumed in moderation

In August 2012, former ambassador Ana Alban implemented a special protocol to regulate the "Guest"'s activities:

  • Visiting hours will be between 08H00 and 19H00.
  • Visitors need to show the diplomatic security agents some kind of photo ID.
  • The Red Permit visitors will have to go though all the Diplomatic Security electronic systems for the duration of their visit at the Embassy.
  • The "Guest"'s visitors are his responsibility and his team's and they must ensure that the visitors comply with the Embassy rules and regulations at all times.
  • The consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited inside the Embassy. It is allowed with moderation in the "Guest's room" as long as no one leaves the room carrying a drink and as long as their behaviour is professional and suitable for an Embassy environment.
  • Recordings within the Embassy are prohibited without the Ambassador's or the National Secretary of Communications' prior permission.
  • Under no circumstances should anyone be allowed inside the control room of the Embassy apart from the Ambassador and the diplomatic security team, this room is where privileged information, the secret files of the Embassy and the security systems, are kept.
  • Visitors will have to stay inside the Guest's quarters, they can only go out if they need the bathroom or leave the Embassy premises.

According to the report, on September 6th 2012 Julian Assange entered the control room where the video and surveillance equipment is kept, without permission.

On September 6th 2012, Julian Assange allegedly trespassed upon the control room where, according to the report, the video and surveillance equipment are kept.

The altercation of September 6th 2012

One particular event dated September 6th 2012 is detailed in the report, this is when Julian Assange is supposed to have trespassed upon the control room where, according to the story, the video and surveillance equipment was kept.

The text describes that the "guest" left his quarters and entered the room where video materials are archived, the access of which is forbidden without an authorization from the security staff, who in this instance had told him he was not allowed in. The report also indicates that he had tried to enter the Ambassador's office in the early hours of the morning.

On this occasion, the reports reads, Assange broke into the room and manipulated the video recorder linked to the security cameras. An Embassy security guard found Assange there and told him to stop manipulating the system. On that day, the director who was making a documentary about his asylum situation was visiting Assange.

There are two versions of what happened after the guard asked the "guest" to leave the room:

All three versions of the altercation, the destruction of the equipment

Assange: "The officer ordered him to leave the control room and he did not understand what he was saying to him in English / Spanish. He then hit the monitor, breaking it on the spot and dragged the table where the sensitive equipment was placed, then it seems that the security operator went to grab him to expel him from the room, leading to a scuffle between the two, which took place inside the Embassy where the discussion between the two lasted for several minutes, and Assange pushed the security officer on his way back to his quarters and then the agent took his post in front of the door. "

Security guard: "The guest, breaking the rules set out according to the security protocol previously agreed between the Embassy and his team, accessed the control room to manipulate and display the images from the video surveillance, the agent advised him of the rules but he made contemptuous and menacing gestures while handling the recording system; Mr. Guest left the seat and punched the monitor of the recording system, leaving it disabled, so the agent entered the room to berate this behaviour resulting in the destruction of sensitive equipment belonging to the Ecuadorian Government and insisting that he left the room, at which point Mr. Guest grabbed him by his shirt and pushed him, continuing the scuffle in the hallway where it lasted several minutes. "

Emotional imbalance?

A third witness is Rafael Rosero, a cameraman from the Embassy, who explained he heard a "thud" and a discussion in the hallway in which Assange was taking part, who in the words of Rosero, "was out of control and very offended . Exhibiting a clear intention to offend and provoke verbally. " The document states that "the events that took place are a risk factor."

"We believe that even though we are aware of Mr. Guest's delicate situation and of his state of emotional imbalance which he demonstrated in some occasions, we can not allow these incidents to occur nor any attack against the personnel or the equipment under the embassy's custody and responsibility and which is to be used by yourself and / or by the Embassy staff. The guest is under great pressure to end his confinement, added to that the pressure from the presence of more than twenty British agents stationed outside 24h/24h." The report concludes "To help him deal with this situation, we would recommend some psychological counselling."

SENAIN keeps an eye on Scotland Yard

According to one of the reports dated August 2012, Senain warned that the British police, Scotland Yard, was thinking that Julian Assange may leave the Embassy of Ecuador, "under considerations of diplomatic immunity, through actions of distraction or deception" (...) "Assange is to be arrested no matter what. Whether he leaves under diplomatic immunity, in the diplomatic pouch. In pouch (... life) in a diplomatic car. " (Sic). The concern of the Ecuadorian spies was that these actions would cause the "guest"'s immediate arrest, whatever the circumstances. The Ecuadorian agents managed to capture the London police's activities in precise details, as seen in the photo. (August 24, 2012, at 14:18)

Photos of the head of SO20, the Scotland Yard covert operations unit. (Command centre for the UK counter-terrorism operations) Location: Next to the Embassy of Ecuador in London Date & Time: Friday August 24, 2012 at 14:18 Team: telephoto lens.

Options to get him out of the Embassy

In between spying activities, the Ecuadorian intelligence agency advises that during the first month of Assange's stay in London, the Ecuador's government considered appointing him their representative to the UN, to facilitate his departure from the Embassy and his move to Ecuador. This nomination, however, did not happen. Another option was to give Assange a disguise and to "attempt to cross the roofs to the nearby helipad or to lose himself in the crowd at Harrod's." The report indicates that the police was everywhere: in the hall, stairs and elevators exits, and along all the routes where "Assange could have got into a diplomatic car." Among the varied ideas thought up to get the "guest" out, there was also the option of using a special vehicle, like in the case of **Mordechai Louk, a Moroccan-born Israeli spy working for the Egyptian intelligence agency in Rome. This alternative was also ruled out, when it was discovered that the British police is equipped with "advanced technology to detect body heat to prevent this possibility."

Scotland Yard has policemen all the way into to the building of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London (which is not the only occupier)

Assange's health status is also part of the strategies being considered by Ecuador and England. From the intelligence activities carried out by SENAIN targeting Scotland Yard, we can infer the possibility that England would have sought to use Assange's health as a pretext to enter the Embassy or to bring Assange out. The other side show a similar interest: "London would be considering the possibility that the Ecuadorian state could use Assange's health to get him out of the Embassy, and with Australia's involvement, an undercover doctor sypmpathetic to his cause would get inside the Embassy ".

The report indicates that on the night of August 28th 2012, the security of the Ecuadorian Embassy had to evacuate a British policeman who had trespassed upon the apartment located above the Ecuadorian headquarters. The report reads: "At 13:45 London time (7:45 am Ecuador time), two senior police officers were at the entrance of the building talking to Scotland Yard's officer in charge. The Vienna Convention (Art. 22-3) protects diplomatic buildings and diplomatic vehicles in the same way. However, Scotland Yard has positioned policemen on the inside of the Ecuadorian Embassy building in London (which is not the sole occupier). "

The coin thrown against the window

An anecdote in the reports dated early September 4th 2012, records the moment when the Scotland Yard guards were changing shifts, they were in the alley facing the guest's window where two police vans used to transport the guards are parked.
During the change over, the officers were in a festive mood and joking amongst themselves about the "guest"'s situation when suddenly one of them reached into his pocket, took a coin and threw it at the guest's window, hitting one of the panes. According to the report, this incident upset the guest, who wanted to use the pictures and publish them on the net to illustrate Scotland Yard's aggression. The lawyer recommended that the Embassy should not complain, as it could be used against the Embassy by highlighting the use of special cameras and video equipment to monitor the London police.

The hacker's surveillance is costing London approximately 65,000 Euros a day, about 71 million over three years of asylum

According to estimates by Scotland Yard, monitoring the hacker is costing London approximately 65,000 euros a day , about 71 million over three years of asylum. This figure includes the costs of 54 officers a day, plus the surveillance vehicles located at the entrances and exits at al times.

"Operation Hotel" began during the administration of Pablo Quezada Romero, head of SENAIN, significant expenses were made during his time.

$163 millions put aside for spying

The SENAIN command centre is located in a luxurious mansion which was confiscated from the Isaiah group and is located on the outskirts of Quito. There is also an administration building in the capital and another one in Guayaquil. In addition, there is a project to build other facilities in more cities. Up until the first quarter of 2015, 373 employees were registered made up of administrative personnel, intelligence and counter-intelligence, including some foreigners. The monthly salary payment is approximately half a million dollars. Even though there is a Public Safety Act, it is impossible to know what is classified as special expenses or what is spent on dedicated resources, or hardly possible to get access to the amounts themselves. Focus has learnt that between 2010 and 2014, USD 162.7 million were allocated under the heading of special expenses and the administrators during that period were : Francisco Jijón, Homero Arellano, Luis Yepez, Paul Romero and Rommy Vallejo.

SENAIN's special expenses

The biggest expense occurred while Romero Pablo Quezada was in charge, a time when according to some opposition sources the services of Hacking Team, Illuminati Lab, Emerging Mexico, and 500 Smart Solution amongst others were retained. In addition to the budgeted amounts, expenses of up to $ 66 millions were recorded for other operations in 2014, and during the first half of 2015 more than $ 30 millions of the total annual budget of $ 60 millions were spent.

Members of parliament Lourdes Tibán and Andres Paez filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor against the SENAIN

The official version : SENAIN does not spy on anybody

Officially, Rafael Correa's government denied carrying on spying activities, they also denied the existence of contracts between SENAIN and the Italian company Hacking Team. The president's former body guard, the current Secretary of Intelligence Rommy Vallejo, denied that the ministry is involved in espionage. Even the prosecutor Galo Chiriboga Zambrano confirmed that Vallejo had informed him that there were no contracts with Hacking Team or any other foreign companies engaged in espionage.

The publication of the documents concerning the activities of the Hacking Team and others such as Illuminati Lab and Emerging based in Mexico meant that several opposition politicians, journalists, writers, social leaders, trade associations, NGOs and citizens critical of Rafael Correa's government got warning of the surveillance proramme : Operations against organisations such as Yasunidos, the Valkyrie operation to bring down Banana Leaks, operation "Babylon" which was set up to spy on the CONAIE demonstration against the Water Act of 2012. The documents also showed that undercover agents were used, such as when a fake priest was infiltrated in one of the manifestations.

The secret is that there are no secrets

Once you enter that world, you come to the conclusion that someone at the highest level of power was fully informed of what was happening in terms of how the country is run, including the surveillance and control of all movements through the eyes of espionage technology. SENAIN's secrets filtered through the cracks in a digital world which cannot resist society's increasing knowledge. The only secret is that there are no secrets. The once impenetrable codes of the spying multi-nationals and of the state have been violated.

After analysing the information from Hacking Team, the International Associated Press recently published a confirmation that the email and Facebook page of Ecuadorian doctor and leader Carlos Figuero had been hacked

After analysing the information from Hacking Team, the International Associated Press recently published a confirmation that the email and Facebook page of Ecuadorian doctor and leader Carlos Figuero had been hacked, as far back as April 2014, when the doctor, along with former Pachakutik lawmaker Clever Jimenez together with Fernando Villavicencio were under the protection of the Sarayaku indigenous people, in the Ecuadorian Amazon, before being threatened with imprisonment.


Letter authorising a contract with the Hacking Team via Illuminati Lab

On July 5th, the Hacking Team archives were hacked. They specialise in providing all kinds of electronics spying software. Amongst the thousands of files that came to light, it appeared that the Hacking Team's client in Ecuador is the National Intelligence Agency (SENAIN). It also appears that "SENAIN is using its own technology to gather intelligence on behalf of the Ecuadorian government. More than $ 535,000 has been paid to the Hacking Team group".

In the SpyFiles, Assange stated that there are more than 160 intelligence contractors across the world and massive spying programs exist for governments to spy on their citizens.
This announcement generated great controversy in the country, the Secretary of SENAIN, Rommy Vallejo, was even questioned by the National Assembly. Rafael Correa was quoted as saying in an Ecuadorian media that linking the Hacking Team to SENAIN was simply sensationalism. The issue was taken up with the State Controller, Cristina Reyes, a legislator, who asked for a special investigation; Carlos Polit, Controller, announced that SENAIN's expenses would be audited .
Cristina Reyes, a member of parliament in the opposition asked the Controller General to investigate the espionage allegations as well as the contracts with SENAIN.

Have WikiLeaks published everything they know?

Four days after the Hacking Team hack, WikiLeaks set up a search engine on the Internet to facilitate the review of the hacked documents. Why did Assange reveal some negative information about the Government of Ecuador, including during the time period of his asylum in their Embassy in London?

According to their own files, the Hacking Team's customer in Ecuador is the National Intelligence Office (SENAIN). We also know that the "SENAIN is using its technology to gather intelligence for the Ecuadorian government.


Cristina Reyes, member of parliament in the opposition has asked the State's General Controller to investigate the contracts and espionage claims about SENAIN.

It is now clear that members of the opposition such as Andrés Páez, Lourdes Tibán, César Monge, and Mauricio Rodas amongst others have been put under surveillance

The investigation about the surveillance in Ecuador has only just started

Since the international scandal over the eavesdropping revelations in the wake of the Hacking Team hack, several websites have been set up and uploaded with thousands of documents relating SENAIN's activities. Based on those revelations and other documents delivered to the controlling bodies of Ecuador and to various parliament members such as Andres Paez and Lourdes Tibán, it is now possible to find out more details about the biggest espionage scandals which are sweeping the world.

Before the Hacking Team hack back in February 2013, former presidential candidate Martha Roldós accused the government of having compromised her email account and illegally obtained documents which were published in several government approved media.

The government asked for members of the opposition to be put under surveillance

The leaked documents show evidence that instructions are being given to SENAIN at presidential level in order to spy on members of the opposition. There is evidence that former legislator Clever Jimenez and Fernando Villavicencio were targeted. It must be remembered that on December 26th 2013, in good Christmas spirit and at midnight, an armed operation carried out by the elite of the police, prosecutors and intelligence agents burst into the home of Fernando Villavicencio, the author of this article. That particular operation was qualified URGENT and acted upon charges for espionage made by President Rafael Correa and his legal secretary Alexis Mera. The agents seized computers, phones, thousands of documents concerning alleged corruption investigations, but no evidence of hacking could be found.

Hours after the armed incursion, the president and his legal secretary announced they had found out terrible things, thus demonstrating that they had access to information that should be privileged and be under the exclusive custody of the prosecution. A week later, the government suspended both citizens, stating that the multinational Chevron was the one who had been hacking since 2012. Perhaps the double standards are changing sides ? On the one hand he accuses and takes journalists and opponents to court under false hacking pretence and on the other hand he becomes the worldwide leader in terms of espionage.

The principles of free access to information driven by Assange and WikiLeaks have received important support around the world.

The disputes between Sweden and Ecuador

because of the statute of limitation, August 13th was the last day on which Sweden could interview Assange about one of the alleged sexual offenses. The 18th of this month is also the deadline for the second interrogation.
On July 31th 2015, the Government of Ecuador was advised by the British Ambassador in Quito of the high expenses incurred to monitor the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and for this reason the UK has asked the Swedish government to start negotiations with Ecuador to find a solution.

Several organizations in the world are defending Julian Assange

Focus has learnt that during the first week of August 2015, the Swedish government advised the Embassy of Ecuador in London of at least three issues concerning the current Julian Assange's current situation. The first point made by the Swedish justice is that Sweden is not required to recognize the status of diplomatic asylum; Additionally, Ecuador was told that there is no risk of extradition to the United States for Assange ; and once in Sweden, Assange would have the right to apply for asylum there.

The Swedish prosecutor repeatedly asked for Ecuador to facilitate the possibility for Assange to give his testimony at the embassy, and insisted that the government sought to be present during the interview and that Sweden should recognise Assange's asylum status.

Are there any fears over Assange's possible revelations ?

Days after the release these issues were published, the Swedish Ministry of Justice made public several observations through one of its spokespeople concerning alleged conditions put forward by the government of Ecuador : in order for Assange to give his statement at the Embassy, noting that these conditions " go against Swedish law "; and reiterating that "if he (Assange) wants asylum, he has to come to Sweden". Simultaneously, an agent from the Swedish Prosecutor's office who travelled to London to receive Assange's testimony reported that officials at the Ecuadorian Embassy prevented access to the premises.

From what is known, the Ecuadorian authorities agreed to open some negotiations with Sweden in order for the prosecution to receive Assange's statement but under the condition that delegates from Ecuador be present during the interrogation which was not accepted by the Swedish authorities. Why does the Ecuadorian government insist on being present during the interrogation? Maybe there is a fear that the guest may reveal something ? Ecuador has persisted in its request that Sweden recognize Julian Assange as a political refugee but for Sweden this subject not opened for discussion.

Preparations were under way, however, and at the last moment someone had arrived to carry out the interrogation and but it did not take place for security reasons.

Here is Julian Assange's quote word for word : “This afternoon, the Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny cancelled a prospective appointment to take my statement today. We proposed the dates and Ny accepted them.

“Prosecutor Ny led my lawyers to believe that the appointment was proceeding. My lawyers had booked tickets and I have been put to considerable expense. Last year, the Swedish court of appeal found that prosecutor Ny had breached her duty because she had refused to take my statement for four and a half years.

“The prosecutor waited another seven months before finally accepting my offer to take my statement in London. Today, I learned that the Swedish legal application to Ecuador, which is likely to take weeks, was only sent to Ecuador two days ago.

“To behave in such a way seems reckless and it is hard to imagine that it was more than a public relations exercise. It is impossible to maintain confidence in this prosecutor under such circumstances.”

The deadlines have expired for three of the four opened legal proceedings against Assange. Still pending is the indictment for alleged rape which will expire in 2020. However, the possibility of establishing a dialogue between the Swedish authorities and Ecuador late August is a reality, and it could take place in Stockholm. The outcome of this story about spies is that many loose ends have been tied up concerned the political, judicial and economic costs of the Assange's case, embarrassing for many, but the question remains : why is Ecuador putting obstacles in the path of the Swedish justice if it means that a possible way out could be negotiated ? Is the solidarity with Assange weighing in more heavily, or is the Correa's government fearful of something ? Is there something hiding behind the Guy Fawkes' mask ?

Fernando Villavicencio

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*Cynthia Fernanda Viteri Jiménez de Villamar (born 19 November 1965 in Guayaquil) is an Ecuadorian advocate, journalist and politician. She was a candidate in the 2006 presidential elections of Ecuador and finished fifth. Between 1998 and 2007 she was a member of the National Congress. Since 2009 she has been a member of the National Assembly. (source Wikipedia)

**Mordechai Ben Masoud Louk In 1964, a Moroccan-born Israeli double agent named Mordechai Ben Masoud Louk (also known as Josef Dahan) was drugged, bound, and placed in a diplomatic bag at the Egyptian Embassy in Rome, but was rescued by Italian authorities. The crate that he had been placed in appeared to have been used for a similar purpose before, possibly for an Egyptian military official who had defected to Italy several years before but then disappeared without a trace before reappearing under Egyptian custody and facing trial.
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Re: The Ecuador Intelligence agency spied on Assange
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2015, 13:13:03 PM »
Assange fears the Pigeon.

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Re: The Ecuador Intelligence agency spied on Assange
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2016, 12:03:32 PM »
I finally read through this piece word for word. It is a very informative read leading up to the time now that supposedly Assange is finally going to be interrogated. Glad I finally got caught up in the long strange journey it has been to house Assange at that embassy. 
Assange wanted to employ his own security... Russians no less. That still cracks me up.
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Re: The Ecuador Intelligence agency spied on Assange
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2016, 19:31:25 PM »
after some reports being out there someone placed ISMI catchers $tingray near the Ecudocu Embazy - I keep asking.
Who placed them?
off course in Assange´s fanbase wonderland the Britons or some more - in their eyes evil - empire. well. but with your friends spying on you and everyone thinking this was a London device - the masses are on your side.
I would do the same if I where Ecuador and want some piece of the cake. guess that´s just fair :-).
Assange fears the Pigeon.