He Skipped Bail 7 Years Ago. Now, Assange Hears His Fate

WikiLeaks founder sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for trying to avoid extradition to Sweden in 2012
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2019 6:22 AM CDT
Updated May 1, 2019 6:33 AM CDT
In this May 19, 2017, file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

(Newser) – Raising a fist in the air as he arrived, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange entered a London courtroom Wednesday to find out his fate for skipping bail in 2012 to avoid getting extradited to Sweden over rape allegations, reports Al Jazeera. That fate: nearly a year in jail. The 50-week sentence was handed down in what the BBC says was a "packed" Southwark Crown Court, in which Assange read from a letter that noted he'd been "struggling with difficult circumstances" and had done "what I thought at the time was the best or perhaps the only thing that I could have done." On Thursday, Assange—who was arrested last month at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after Ecuador yanked back his asylum—is set to appear at a second hearing concerning extradition to the US over a hacking conspiracy charge. (Read more Julian Assange stories.)

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