The cost of keeping police outside Julian Assange’s makeshift home at the Ecuadorian embassy in London has nearly reached USD 4.5 million (EUR 3.37 million), reports said last week.

The founder of the controversial whistleblowing website Wikileaks has been cornered in the diplomatic facility since 19 June 2012. The Australian native is facing extradition to Sweden on suspicion of sexual assault, although he denies any wrongdoing. He and his supporters fear that Stockholm will in turn extradite him to the US to face charges for the release of thousands of diplomatic cables via Wikileaks.