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12/10/2015 15:36 BST | Updated 12/10/2015 15:59 BST

Wikileaks Insists Julian Assange Didn't Order A Pizza To Embassy In Surreal Twitter Exchange

Wikileaks has denied Julian Assange ordered the pizza that was delivered to the Ecuadorian Embassy today, saying the situation was a "high stakes embassy" siege.

Journalists descended on the embassy on Monday after the Metropolitan Police announced it would no longer station officers there 24/7 to arrest Assange if he ever left the embassy, where he has hidden from extradition to Sweden for three years.

They photographed a Domino's delivery man who turned up with a £12.99 pizza that was to be delivered to "J. Assange" with instructions for the delivery man to "wait outside and make yourself visible".

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The pizza supposedly destined for Assange

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The @Wikileaks Twitter account, which many believe is run by Assange himself, told people to "think" about whether he had ordered the pizza and then told them it was impossible because a "high stakes embassy siege" was in progress.

It then speculated the pizza was ordered by a journalist "down on his luck" - to a Guardian journalist reporting on the pizza's arrival.

...And called British journalists an offensive word.

Other journalists began to worry about whether Assange had been adequately fed, if the delivery man left without leaving behind the pizza.

And other mocked the suggestion that the embassy standoff was "high stakes".

Though police have withdrawn their permanent presence outside the embassy, they insisted they would still "make every effort" to arrest Assange if he ever left.

It pledged to use "overt and covert' means to do so but refused to say what these would be and how much more they would cost.