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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he is unlikely to give in to demands by British police that he leave Ecuador’s embassy in London.

The 40-year-old is currently holed up there after claiming asylum from the South American state in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden.

Assange is wanted in connection with the alleged rape of two former WikiLeaks employees. He denies any wrongdoing.

London’s Metropolitan police formally served Assange with a surrender notice on Thursday claiming that he had broken bail terms set by a UK court in connection with the case.

Officials say if he refuses to leave, he will be in further breach of those conditions and will be arrested.

Ecuador has delayed a decision on the asylum request. Its ambassador to London has flown home to discuss the issue with the country’s president.

But even if he is granted asylum, Assange has no way of travelling to Ecuador without passing through London, risking arrest.