Julian Assange, the mastermind behind the whistle-blowing, secret-revealing Wiki Leaks website, was sentenced to almost one year in prison for jumping bail almost years ago, in 2012.
At the time he jumped bail Assange was sought by the Swedish government for questioning about his role in the rape and sexual assault of two Swedish women. According Assange’s lawyers, he sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London in fear of extradition to the United States by Sweden. The US charged Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion in the US for his role in what was one of the largest leaks of government secrets in 2010. If extradited and found guilty Assange, who is now 47 years old, could be imprisoned for a maximum of five years.
In 2017, during his time in the embassy in London, the Swedes dropped the rape charges, since they could not proceed with the investigation as long as he was held-up in the embassy, but the US did not drop their conspiracy charges. With Assange’s recent forcible arrest at the embassy in early April the Swedes have stated they are considering re-booting the rape investigation and charging Assange before the statute of limitations prevents a trial in 2020.
After his dramatic arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy Asssange, who is Australian, was brought to Westminster Magistrates’ Court. The was consequently found guilty of breaching bail and sentenced to 50 weeks for that transgression.
As the judge read his decision and the sentence Assange supporters called out “Shame on you” to the judge as a passive Assange was led away.