WikiLeaks has refuted claims that its founder Julian Assange ordered a celebratory pizza to be delivered after police stopped its "siege" outside the Ecuadorian embassy on Monday.

After the Metropolitan Police announced that it would no longer maintain a 24-hour presence outside the embassy waiting to arrest Assange, who sought political asylum at the embassy in Knightsbridge in 2012, a Domino's worker was seen arriving with a Texas BBQ in tow.

As the news spread, the WikiLeaks official Twitter account reacted furiously, labelling the British press "retards" and claiming that the pizza had "no doubt [been] ordered by a UK 'journalist' down on his luck".

In 2012, several pranksters arranged for taxis to deliver pizzas to the embassy and to pick Assange up for a trip to Heathrow airport.

A Domino's UK spokesperson told "We would like to decline the opportunity to comment in this instance."

The Met Police, who announced they would stop guarding the embassy, with reports suggesting it had cost the taxpayer somewhere in the region of £12m, issued this statement on Monday:

While the MPS remains committed to executing the arrest warrant and presenting Julian Assange before the court, it is only right that the policing operation to achieve this is continually reviewed against the diplomatic and legal efforts to resolve the situation.

As a result of this continual review the MPS has today withdrawn the physical presence of officers from outside the embassy.

They made no mention of pizza.

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