Julian Assange on Friday ignored the extradition notice served on him ordering him to report to a central London police station as a prelude to his deportation to Sweden to answer allegations of sexual assault.
The WikiLeaks founder remained at the Ecuadorian embassy where he sought political asylum a week ago after the Supreme Court dismissed his final appeal against extradition.
Mr. Assange said he had been advised to ignore the notice on grounds that the asylum law took precedence over extradition law.
“Our advice is that asylum law both internationally and domestically takes precedence over extradition law so almost certainly not,” he told the BBC on phone from the embassy.
Mr. Assange repeated his fears that if extradited to Sweden he may be handed over to Americans who have threatened to prosecute him for publishing secret diplomatic cables.
Denying allegations of sexual misconduct made by two Swedish women, Mr. Assange said: “I am simply not charged. That’s all. That’s all that is important in this matter. What has been said to date is sufficient.”
He was served with the extradition order on Thursday.