Julian Assange was arrested, on Thursday, at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, for breaching the conditions of his bail in a case related to sexual assault. He had previously taken refuge in the embassy, in 2012, for avoiding extradition to Sweden.
But on Thursday, at Westminster Magistrate’s court, he was found guilty of failing to surrender to the court.
Currently, he’s facing charges over US federal conspiracy, related to the biggest ever leaks of government secrets in the history.
Now, if he’s convicted on the charges of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, then he will face up to five years in the US prison.
His lawyer, Jennifer Robinson told that they will fight the extradition request. She also said that it set a dangerous precedent where any journalist could face US charges for ‘publishing truthful information about the country’.
Assange, 47, had himself previously predicted that he would face extradition to the US if he left the embassy.
In the court, he pleaded not guilty to the charges, related to 2012, of failing to surrender to the court. District Judge Michael Snow said that his behavior was of a narcissist, one who cannot go beyond his own selfish interests.
Now, he has been sent to Southwark Crown Court for sentencing, where he faces up to 12 months in prison.
Those who don’t know about the whole case for which Assange is facing prison sentences, it’s related to the year 2010 when Assange’s WikiLeaks website (the organization he set up in 2006) released a footage of the US soldiers killing civilians from a helicopter in Iraq.
After this, former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was arrested in that same year for disclosing more than 700,000 confidential documents, videos, and diplomatic cables to this anti-secrecy website. Later she was also found guilty by a court-martial in 2013 on charges which also included espionage.Share on Twitter Share on Facebook