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Julian Assange given a 50-week prison sentence

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves Southwark Crown Court after being sentenced in London on Wednesday

Julian Assange given a 50-week prison sentence

WIKILEAKS founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail by a London court on Wednesday for skipping bail to enter the Ecuadorean embassy where he was holed up for almost seven years until police dragged him out last month.

Judge Deborah Taylor read out the sentence as Assange, in a black jacket and grey sweatshirt, looked on. Judge Taylor said Assange had exploited his privileged position to flout the law and express his disdain for British justice.

He was convicted last month of skipping bail in June 2012 after an extradition order to Sweden over an allegation of rape. The maximum sentence was a year in jail.

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