WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gets almost a year in UK jail for skipping bail

London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced to just under a year in a UK prison on Wednesday after he was found guilty of violating his bail conditions when he entered Ecuador’s London Embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden in 2012.

The Australian secret-spiller sought asylum in the South American country’s London embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations.

He faces a separate legal fight against a US extradition request. American authorities have charged him with conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer system. Assange was arrested last month after Ecuador revoked his political asylum.