Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in jail

Julian Assange has been sentenced to 11 months in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012 and finding asylum into
Ecuadorian embassy for more than seven years.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012 and finding asylum into Ecuador’s London embassy for more than seven years.

On April 2019, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. after Ecuador withdrew asylum after seven years.

Seven years ago, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange took refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case.

In 2012 a British judge ruled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be extradited to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault there, but Assange received political asylum from Ecuador and spent the last years in its London embassy.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London

Immediately after his arrest, Assange was convicted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court of jumping the bail in June 2012 after the extradition order to Sweden.

In 2017, Sweden dropped the preliminary investigation into the rape accusation against Julian Assange, but Wikileaks founder remained into the Ecuadorian Embassy fearing of extradition to the United States.
Judge Deborah Taylor said that Assange’s conduct had cost 16 million pounds of British taxpayers money.

“Your continued residency has cost £16m of taxpayers’ money. No one is above the reach of the law.” said Judge Deborah Taylor while delivering sentence at Southwark

“It’s difficult to envisage a more serious example of this offence.”

“I have taken into account all that has been said on your behalf in mitigation, including the background history of this case which has been set out in some detail,” said HHJ Taylor as she summed up the case against Assange.”

“Whilst you may have had fears as to what may happen to you, nonetheless you had a choice, and the course of action you chose was to commit this offence in the manner and with the features I have already outlined. In addition, I reject the suggestion that your voluntary residence in the Embassy should reduce any sentence. You were not living under prison conditions, and you could have left at any time to face due process with the rights and protections which the legal system in this country provides.”

The lawyer read an Assange’s letter in the court, he is disappointed for “terrifying circumstances:”

“I apologize unreservedly to those who consider that I have disrespected them by the way I have pursued my case. This is not what I wanted or intended,” Assange added.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – Julian Assange)

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Pierluigi Paganini: Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer. Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US. Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines. Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.

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