Assange Sentenced To 50 Weeks For Jumping Bail

The Washington Post reports:

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced on Wednesday to 50 weeks in a British prison for jumping bail. His sentencing comes a day before an extradition hearing in London related to separate charges in the United States for conspiring to hack a government password.

Assange, 47, who appeared in court at London’s Southwark Crown Court wearing a black jacket and gray sweater alongside a throng of international journalists, had faced up to a year in a British prison for his bail violation — the maximum penalty in Britain for such an offense.

He broke his bail conditions in 2012 when he fled to the Ecuadoran Embassy in London after Sweden requested his extradition in a case involving sexual assault allegations.