Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been acquitted to 50 weeks in jail for breaking his bail disorders. The 47-year-old was found guilty of breaking the Bail Act last month after his custody at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
He took sanctuary in the London embassy in 2012 to avoid deportation to Sweden over sexual assault claims, which he has denied. In a letter read to the court, Assange said he had found himself “stressed with difficult circumstances”.
He apologized to those who “consider I’ve insulted them”, a packed Southwark Crown Court heard. “I did what I thought at the time was the best or perhaps the only thing that I could have done,” he said.
In extenuation, Mark Summers QC had said his client was “absorbed” by fears of rendering to the US over the years because of his work with whistle-blowing website Wikileaks.