WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced on Wednesday to 50 weeks in prison for violating the conditions of his provisional release after taking refuge for seven years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
Assange will also appear Thursday during a hearing this time devoted to Washington’s request to extradite him to the United States, where he is accused of “hacking”, according to the media over the judgment of the court. The founder of WikiLeaks was convicted last month of breaking the “bail law” by ignoring an extradition request sent to him by Sweden in 2010 to question him over allegations of rape and assault. sexual assault against him by two women, one recalls.
The 47-year-old Australian was granted asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 to avoid running for the British justice system and being extradited to Sweden, where he was accused of rape. On April 11, he was dislodged from the embassy by the British police and presented the same day to justice.
Assange had exhausted all his legal remedies for the extradition of Sweden, when he had given up bail and had taken refuge at the Embassy of Ecuador.
“I apologize without reservation to those who feel that I have disrespected them,” said Wikileaks founder in a letter read to the court by the lawyer before the verdict, explaining “regret” the turn that has took the events.
On a tweet, WikiLeaks found this sentence “as shocking as vindictive”.
Julian Assange became known to the general public in 2010 with the publication of over 700,000 documents on US military and diplomatic activities. He is charged by US criminal conspiracy justice for “hacking”, punishable by up to five years in jail, for helping former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning get a password to access thousands of classified secret-defense documents.