LONDON (AP) A British judge sentenced WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange today to 50 weeks in prison for skipping bail seven years ago and holing up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
Judge Deborah Taylor appeared unimpressed by Assanges written apology and his lawyers argument that he sought refuge in the embassy because of overwhelming fear of being taken from Sweden, where he faced sexual misconduct allegations, to the U.S. to face separate charges related to his WikiLeaks activity.
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.
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