Julian Assange Sentenced to 50 Weeks in Prison

Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11, 2019 - Getty-H 2019
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Julian Assange gestures to the media from a police vehicle on his arrival at Westminster Magistrates court on April 11, 2019 in London, England.  After weeks of speculation Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by Scotland Yard Police Officers inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in Central London this morning. Ecuador's President, Lenin Moreno, withdrew Assange's Asylum after seven years citing repeated violations to international conventions. 

The Australian appeared at London's Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been sentenced to 50 weeks in prison by a British court.

The Australian appeared at London's Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday, where he was found guilty of breaking the Bail Act following his arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy last month.

Assange had spent seven years inside the embassy, first entering in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations and fears he would face trial in the U.S. He denied the allegations. 

Speaking to the court Wednesday, Assange read a letter that said he had found himself "struggling with difficult circumstances" and apologized to those who "consider I've disrespected them."

He added that his decision to escape bail in 2012 was made because he thought it was "the best, or perhaps the only, thing I could have done."

Assange now faces U.S. federal conspiracy charges linked to WikiLeaks and up to five years in prison if convicted. The U.K. is set to make a decision whether to extradite him to the U.S. on Thursday.