Julian Assange's suited-up cat in the window of the Ecuadorian embassy seems to be performing its task purrfectly

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We'd probably like to think of ourselves in most situations as being insusceptible to petty attempts to distract us from the real issue at hand.

And that is probably true - until it comes to cats.

As Julian Assange began a three-day interview at the Ecuadorian embassy in London over a sexual assault allegation, a cat - thought to be his - made a rather dapper appearance at the window dressed in a collar and tie.

A cat that is believed to belong to Julian Assange, is adorned with a tie and collar (Yui Mok/PA)
(Yui Mok/PA)

And people were lapping it up.

This isn't its first taste of the limelight though - the cat, like almost anything in 2016, has its own Twitter account with a whopping 22,000 followers.

However, some people were less than impressed that a dressed-up cat was successfully serving as a distraction from the very serious matter going on inside the building.