Spent by the UK government on the siege against Julian Assange

That would pay for


  meals for the needy.  (source)

  children fully vaccinated.  (source)

  hospital beds for one night.  (source)

  children sent to school for a year.  (source)

  teachers paid for a year.   (source)


  The Seige of Julian Assange is a Farce - A Special Investigation


Detained
Without Charge

Julian Assange has been effectively detained without charge since December 2010.

Ecuador has stated that Assange can stay indefinitely. That doesn't bode well for taxpayers.

Julian Assange first submitted to UK police on 7 December 2010. He has been in a cell, under house arrest, or effectively detained at the Ecuadorian Embassy since this time. (source)

"It’s absolutely ridiculous, that money should be spent on frontline policing. It’s completely wasted."

         - London Mayor Boris Johnson (source)


"The policing bill for keeping one man holed up in an embassy has reached yet more ridiculous proportions. The Government has yet to explain why taxpayers have to pay for this. It's time to end the stalemate and stand down the officers."

          - Baroness Jenny Jones, deputy chair of the Police & Crime Committee at the London Assembly (source)


"It is unfair for taxpayers to continue to fund this farce. The time has come for the Met to review its strategy on Assange, and withdraw the officers currently guarding the Ecuadorian embassy."

          - Former Scotland Yard royalty protection chief Dai Davies (source)



Why was Assange granted Asylum?


  • The US Government has an ongoing sealed grand jury investigation into WikiLeaks (source).
  • In their statement upon granting him asylum, the Ecuadorian Government emphasized the risks to Assange's "safety, integrity and even his life" as retaliation for his publishing work. (source)

Related items

Latest Developments



 26 January 2015 - The legal and prosecutorial failures in the Assange case will be addressed during Sweden's Universal Periodic review by the UN Human Rights Council on January 26 (link)
 20 November 2014 - Swedish Court of Appeal admits "that the investigation into the suspected crimes has come to a halt and considers that the failure of the prosecutors to examine alternative avenues is not in line with their obligation" (link)
 4 September 2014 - UK police watchdog: burglary and car crime "on verge of being decriminalised." "The police say that in austerity Britain, they can't give priority to property crimes and don't have the personnel to attend the scenes of such crimes in person. However, the UK's domestic security apparatus does have millions to squander on a full-time Julian Assange stakeout..." (link)
 1 July 2014 - Poll shows 69% of Australians agreed more with the view that it is a waste of money trying to arrest Julian Assange and only 13% thought Julian Assange should be arrested despite the costs. A majority of all voter groups agreed it is a waste of money trying to arrest Julian Assange. (link)
 UKIP seeks to scrap the European Arrest Warrent, which sends British citizens to foreign jails without evidence, just to answer questions. (link)
 20 June 2014 - Veterans for Peace UK present a bill to the Swedish embassy for the cost of policing the Ecuadorian Embassy. (link)
 19 June 2014 - The Six and a Half Million Pound Man. An in-depth analysis on the costs associated with maintaining a police force at the Ecuadorian Embassy. (link)
 18 June 2014 - Julian Assange mentions this website in a video interview with CNN. (link)
  16 February 2013 - Former Scotland Yard chief urge Met police to remove police officers currently guarding the Ecuadorian embassy. (link)

Sweden's mishandling of the Case

UK taxpayers are footing the bill for Sweden's poor handling of the Assange case.


  • Swedish Appeals court judge points to failures in the prosecution to bring case to a conclusion. (source)

  • Sweden refuses to use cost effective EU practice and come to the UK to interview Assange. (source)

  •  Former Swedish prosecutor says case should be closed. (Original | English)   

  • Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny (in charge of the case) said "even if I'm wrong, I won't change my mind." (source)

  • Sweden refuses to tell Ecuador that it will not extradite Assange to the US. (source)

  • Swedish officials refused to meet with French magistrate and MEP Eva Joly to discuss proposed solutions to the legal impasse. (source)

  • Swedish MPs have urged investigators to visit Assange in order to bring about an end to this standoff. (source)

  • Swedish attorney Svante Thorsell stated that the case is driven by prestige. (source)

What should be done?



Why should this continue to be the UK's problem? Sweden won't come to London to question Assange, and Ecuador has given Assange the right to stay in their embassy indefinitely. This is a stalemate, and the UK taxpayer is paying the price.

  1. Send Assange to Ecuador. Let Sweden and the USA deal with Ecuador.
  2. Tell Sweden to pay the police bill, or move the case forward.
  3. Contact your MP.

Where Did These
Numbers Come From?



There are numerous sources for the number we use on the top of this page. Every effort is made to make sure we're showing the correct amount, and we will update the calculation at any point in the future if an updated cost is reported.

The current figure shown comes from this article, published 4 January 2015 in which a spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police was quoted. They report the cost of maintaining police at the Ecuadorian Embassy to be £9 million for the period of 19 June 2012 through the end of October 2014. This comes out to 9 million pounds / 865 days, or £10,404 per day. We use this per-day calculation X the number of days (in milliseconds) between 19 June 2012 and now. Here is an in-depth analysis of the police costs.


Previous sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2613102/Julian-Assange-costs-Britain-6m-policing-costs-bill-guard-Ecudorean-embassy-Wikileaks-fugitive-hiding-soars.html
http://www.lbc.co.uk/cost-of-policing-assange-embassy-rises-to-65m-92344