Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange has been sentenced to 50 weeks in prison one day before his U.S. extradition hearing. Assange was sentenced for violating his bail by hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for seven years.
Assange was on the run for leaking classified information to the public on his website, Wikileaks.com. Last month, Assange was carried out of the embassy and arrested under a joint U.S. and United Kingdom extradition treaty as reported on this news site.
Assange was sentenced Wednesday at London’s Southwark Crown Court. In a letter read before the court by his lawyer, Assange wrote, “I apologize unreservedly to those who consider that I have disrespected them by the way I pursued my case.”
According to multiple reports, Judge Deborah Taylor seemed unimpressed by the apology. “It is essential to the rule of law that nobody is above or beyond the reach of the law,” Taylor said. “Orders of the court are to be obeyed.”