But it's claimed that the relationship between Assange and his host have deteriorated rapidly in recent times.
Ecuador used a $5 million secret intelligence budget to employ security contractors and monitor the visitors of Julian Assange while holed up in its London embassy, according to United Kingdom media reports.
After his appeal was denied, he took up asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy. The snooping was initially meant to protect Assange from the risk of being taken away by British police but later became a full-blown spying operation. Operation Hotel has allegedly covered expenses like installing CCTV cameras and hiring a security team to "secretly film and monitor all activity in the embassy", including Assange's daily activities, moods, and interactions with staff and visitors. The operation had the approval of the then Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, according to the newspaper. They stayed in a rented flat near the embassy at a cost of £2,800 a month, the paper said.
The Guardian also reported that, from within, Assange penetrated the embassy's own internal networks, giving him access to Ecuadorian diplomatic communications.
The Guardian said it obtained the documents from Senain, Ecuador's intelligence agency which Moreno shuttered in March. He was granted citizenship by the country in January, and even though Sweden has abandoned its extradition request, he still can not leave the embassy because Britain says it would arrest him for jumping bail back in 2012. Assange claims the accusations were politically motivated and could lead to him being extradited to the United States to face imprisonment over WikiLeaks' publication of secret U.S. military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010.
Ecuador in December made Assange an Ecuadoran citizen and unsuccessfully tried to register him as a diplomat with immunity as part of its efforts to have him leave the embassy without risk of being detained.