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British authorities have also indicated little appetite for backing down. In a statement, the country’s Foreign Office said it was disappointed by the decision to offer Assange asylum _ noting that he had exhausted every appeal possible to British authorities over the course of a roughly 18-month-long legal saga.

“U.K. authorities are under binding obligation to extradite him to Sweden,” the ministry said in a statement posted to Twitter. “We shall carry out that obligation. The Ecuadorian government’s decision this afternoon does not change that.”