Assange watch policy under review

Police in London say they are looking over the policy of keeping police stationed outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, keeping watch on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, news agency AP reports.

Assange is wanted by Swedish police for questioning and possible prosecution for alleged sex crimes in Sweden, but has been staying in the embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition. He claims he fears being sent on to the United States to face trial for his work with WikiLeaks if he were to be sent to Sweden.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe told local London radio station LBC that they were reviewing their options due to the costs of the operation. Deputy British Prime Minister Nick Clegg claimed last week that the cost of keeping police outside the embassy in case Assange tried to escape was around US$15 million, AP reports.