Flat 3b, 3 Hans Crescent is the address of the Embassy of Ecuador in London. Cyrus Farivar According to a new letter from the Metropolitan Police, London is spending an average of £10,982 ($16,384) per day to stake out the Ecuadorian Embassy where Julian Assange has been holed up for the last 386 days. Earlier this year, Ars attempted to interview Assange at this embassy, but the WikiLeaks founder did not respond to our queries.

The letter was sent by the Met to London assembly member Jenny Jones on July 1, 2013 and received a week later on July 8, 2013.

The document states that of the total £3.8 million ($5.6 million) spent between June 2012 and the end of May 2013, £0.7 million of that represented “increased overtime payments.” The Met seems to dismiss Jones’ concerns that London itself will have to pay such a huge amount to stake out one man.     

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