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UK police remove officers from outside Ecuadorean Embassy where Julian Assange is holed up

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, file photo, Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks speaks to the media and members of the public from a balcony at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. British police have removed the officers standing watch over Julian Assange outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, but say they will still do their best to arrest the WikiLeaks founder who has been holed up there since June 2012. London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, that Assange is still subject to arrest for failing to answer a rape charge in Sweden. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, file photo, Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks speaks to the media and members of the public from a balcony at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. British police have removed the officers standing watch over Julian Assange outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, but say they will still do their best to arrest the WikiLeaks founder who has been holed up there since June 2012. London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, that Assange is still subject to arrest for failing to answer a rape charge in Sweden. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, March 13, 2015 file photo, a police officer stands outside of the Ecuadorean embassy in London. British police have removed the officers standing watch over Julian Assange outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, but say they will still do their best to arrest the WikiLeaks founder who has been holed up there since June 2012. London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, that Assange is still subject to arrest for failing to answer a rape charge in Sweden. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, March 13, 2015 file photo, a police officer stands outside of the Ecuadorean embassy in London. British police have removed the officers standing watch over Julian Assange outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, but say they will still do their best to arrest the WikiLeaks founder who has been holed up there since June 2012. London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, that Assange is still subject to arrest for failing to answer a rape charge in Sweden. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • A pizza is delivered to the Ecuadorian Embassy after the Metropolitan Police announced that they have strengthened their covert plan at the embassy, where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as been staying since 2012, but removed the round-the-clock guards in London, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Mr Assange sought asylum at the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden after a rape allegation. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

    A pizza is delivered to the Ecuadorian Embassy after the Metropolitan Police announced that they have strengthened their covert plan at the embassy, where Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as been staying since 2012, but removed the round-the-clock guards in London, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Mr Assange sought asylum at the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden after a rape allegation. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)  (The Associated Press)

British police have removed the officers standing watch over Julian Assange outside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, but say they will still do their best to arrest the WikiLeaks founder who has been holed up there since June 2012.

The 24-hour operation has been controversial in part because it is so costly. London's Metropolitan Police says the operation cost 11.1 million pounds ($17.6 million) through April 2015.

London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement Monday that Assange is still subject to arrest for failing to answer a rape charge in Sweden.

"Whilst no tactics guarantee success in the event of Julian Assange leaving the embassy, the (police) will deploy a number of overt and covert tactics to arrest him," the police said in a statement.