After violating the conditions imposed for his bail, Julian Assange, co-founder of Wikileaks, received a sentence of 50 weeks in prison in the UK, close to the maximum sentence of a year.
Judge Deborah Taylor was the one that gave the sentence, declaring that “no one is above the law,” implying that, despite Assange’s stature, his outlaws could not be overlooked. Julian Assange’s supporters did not agree with the judge.
Assange was arrested in the Ecuadorean Embassy last month. Ever since then, his appearance somewhat changed. He showed up in court with shorter hair and a trimmed beard. His defense attempted to pardon his breaching of bail based on reasons of fear of extradition to Sweden or the US. He also claimed he feared the possibility of being tortured or executed following his apprehension at Guantanamo Bay.
Julian Assange Sentenced To 50 Weeks In Prison
Julian Assange apparently wrote a letter, which was handed to the judge, explaining his reasons to hide in the Ecuadorean Embassy. He told that his reaction was the result of what he thought was the best solution for him, to avoid being charged with sexual assault in Sweden.
Judge Deborah Taylor pointed out the fact that Assange’s attempt to escape or delay his sentence was extremely grave. She expressed her anger towards his behavior by stating that participating in justice is not an option, but rather an obligation. Her Honour also pointed out that his stay at the embassy cost $20.9 million, money obtained from taxpayers.
Julian Assange will now be extradited to the US, where he is going to face the charges of federal conspiracy. He has released a significant amount of sensitive government information, partnered up with Chelsea Manning. She has already paid for her involvement, having been imprisoned for seven years, from 2010 to 2017. Recently, she returned to prison after she refused to testify against Julian Assange.
Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.