London-British police spend a whopping 11,000 pounds (about $17,700) daily to keep a tap on WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange lodged at the Ecuadorean embassy.

The police bill has already crossed over one million pounds ($1.6 million).

Scotland Yard confirmed it is costing 11,000 pounds daily to ensure the Australian does not flee his bolthole at the Ecuadorean embassy, Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

The final bill could exceed much more as Assange has been defying extradition to Sweden where he is suspected of sexually assaulting two women.

Officers have been watching the property in Knightsbridge, west London, since Assange breached his bail and claimed asylum in June.

Police have been told to arrest him if he puts “one toe” outside.–IANS