Julian Assange refuses police request to surrender, remains in Ecuador Embassy [LeakSource]
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Julian Assange's representative has confirmed the WikiLeaks founder will not be complying with a Metropolitan police request to turn himself in.
"Mr Assange has been advised that he should decline to comply with the police request," said Susan Benn of the Julian Assange Defence Fund, in a statement outside the Ecuadorean embassy.
"This should not be considered any sign of disrespect. Under both international and domestic UK law, asylum assessments take priority over extradition claims."
The Met had requested that Mr Assange attend Belgravia police station at 11.30am on Friday.
The WikiLeaks boss is under diplomatic protection in the embassy and cannot be arrested by police unless he steps outside the building in Knightsbridge.