Assange was arrested by British police on 11 April after Ecuador withdrew its asylum and appeared in court shortly thereafter. He was found guilty of skipping bail and remanded to custody.
Julian Assange's sentence is as shocking as it is vindictive. We have grave concerns as to whether he will receive a fair extradition hearing in the UK.— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 1, 2019
He was separately charged in relation to the US indictment and will appear in court on 2 May (Friday AEST) in connection with these charges.
The US indictment says the charges levelled at Assange carry a maximum prison term of five years.
But Reuters reported that Judge Deborah Taylor told Assange: “Whilst you may have had fears as to what may happen to you, nonetheless you had a choice.
The judge that sentenced Assange today in Southwark Crown Court is the same judge that sentenced us in 2013, heh.— Mustafa Al-Bassam (@musalbas) May 1, 2019
“It is difficult to envisage a more serious example of this offence.”
In a letter to Judge Thomas, read out at the hearing, Assange apologised for the way things had turned out.
“I apologise unreservedly to those who consider that I have disrespected them by the way I have pursued my case. This is not what I wanted or intended,” he said in the letter read out by his lawyer, Mark Summers.
“I found myself struggling with terrifying circumstances for which neither I nor those from whom I sought advice could work out any remedy. I did what I thought at the time was the best.”