Ecuador to Reveal Who Hid Mics in Its London Embassy

The Ecuadorian embassy in London has been bugged. Reuters reported this morning that the embassy plans to announce today who planted the mics. 

The devices were discovered in the office of Ana Alban, the nation's ambassador to the United Kingdom. The microphones were found when Ricardo Patino, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, made a diplomatic visit in June. Patino made a statement about the incident:

"I didn't denounce this at the time because we didn't want the theme of our visit to London to be confused with this matter," said Patino, who met during his time in London with British Foreign Secretary William Hague to discuss Assange.

"Furthermore, we first wanted to ascertain with precision what could be the origin of this interception device in the office of our ambassador," he said.

"We are sorry to say so, but this is another instance of a loss of ethics at the international level in relations between governments," he added.

Patino visited the embassy on June 19. He met with Julian Assange to discuss his future within the Ecuadorian compound. The minister also met with British Foreign Minister, William Hague, as Julian Assange's diplomatic protection has caused tensions between Ecuador and the United Kingdom over the last year.  

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  • Pro Libertate||

    It was the salmon mousse.

  • Raston Bot||

    It's a mister death. He said he's here about the reaping?

  • Pro Libertate||

    Be quiet! You Englishmen. . . you're all so fucking pompous and none of you have got any balls.

  • WTF||

    A Møøse once bit my sister ...

  • Tonio||

    The people responsible for the comments above have been sacked.

  • ||

    Mynd you, m00se bites Kan be pretty nasti ...

  • Pro Libertate||

    Boris, how are we going to steal car from moose and squirrel?

  • ||

    Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!

  • Pro Libertate||

    Again?

  • ||

    Again?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I put the mics there. I'm producing a new type of adult entertainment: statecraft erotica. What I do is dub over existing pornographic cinema with audio of diplomatic discussions.

  • Hugh Akston||

    This could be a viable competitor for Nutrasweet's Beltway Slashfic.

  • SugarFree||

    Go on...

  • Rich||

    Could it be ...... SATAN?!

  • Pro Libertate||

    It's fascinating to watch how our military dominance is killing any sense of accountability or following even the most basic elements of international law. Even if the culprit here isn't us, it was done for our benefit, clearly. Lovely.

  • kinnath||

    I remember when we were the good guys and the Soviet Union were the bad guys that did shit like this.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Wasn't our embassy in Moscow so riddled with bugs that it had to be torn to pieces or something?

  • Paul.||

    Yep.

  • kinnath||

    They built a new one; never moved in; tore it down; and started over ;-)

  • Brandybuck||

    And that's what you'll be inheriting lad, the strongest embassy in the swamp!

  • Redmanfms||

    To be fair, we did the same thing to the Soviets, we were just much better at hiding the bugs.

  • DJF||

    I am waiting for the movie

    North Korea is the only country to offer asylum to Snowden . From Moscow he gets on the trans-Siberian train where American agents try to stop him from divulging the US world wide spying operation. However brave Russian and North Korean police manage to fend off the American attacks and Snowden arrives in North Korea where he releases all the information about American spying on Americans and its allies.

    Just get one of those Cold War movies scripts with the Orient Express and change who was the good and bad guys.

  • Rights-Minimalist Autocrat||

    I was wondering how many times shit like this gradually snowballed into actual wars.

  • kinnath||

    Diverting the aircraft of a head of state to an unscheduled stop and then searching the aircraft in violation of diplomatic immunity is probably an act of war. But what the fuck, we're actually bombing other countries so it's no big deal.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Sure seems that way to me. We'd certainly go apeshit if that happened to us.

  • kinnath||

    I'm trying to imagine some foreign official trying to search Air Force 1 with Obama onboard, but I can't get it to come into focus.

  • Fluffy||

    That's why he travels with what amounts to a combat brigade worth of security.

    They're there to hold the perimeter until the actual military can get there.

  • Loki||

    Diverting the aircraft of a head of state to an unscheduled stop and then searching the aircraft in violation of diplomatic immunity is probably an act of war.

    It probably should be, but what are they gonna do about it? Go tattle? Go cry? Maybe after they stop hitting themselves...

    Yep, the US government has become "that kid" on the international playground.

  • Rich||

    Sorry, that's classified.

  • Paul.||

    Ecuador to Reveal Who Hid Mics in Its London Embassy

    The Ecuadorian embassy in London has been bugged.

    Oh... when I read the headline, I was wondering why Ecuador was hiding Irish in its embassy.

  • Fatty Bolger||

    Micks hiding in the London embassy? What could they be up to? Are the Troubles starting up again?

  • Bardas Phocas||

  • PapayaSF||

    And how, exactly, would they be able to tell who hid the mics? They aren't going the say "Property of MI6" on them.

  • Rich||

    They were hidden inside the embassy's pressure cooker.

    This has all the hallmarks of Al Qaeda.

  • Spoonman.||

    Never underestimate government incompetence.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    Or inventory control guidlines.

  • MasterDarque||

    I am so glad the good ole USofA would never do something like this or even be involved. God Bless the United States of America

  • Steve G||

    uhhh, it's 1528 eastern, what time is it in Europe again? When are they planning on dropping this knowledge?

  • Redmanfms||

    Umm, why exactly is it shocking that the US or its allies might be spying on the Ecuadorians?

    If Ecuador isn't bugging the American embassy/consulates in their country and trying to intercept their diplomatic correspondence it's because they lack the technological capability to do so.

    Jesus, you fainting Southern belles really need to get a fucking grip.

    The 4th Amendment doesn't apply to Ecuador or Ecuadorians in London. And whatever international proscriptions there might be against such activities, nobody abides by them.

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