WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday morning and was sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching bail conditions.
Earlier this month he was found guilty at a hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court for breaching the Bail Act.
Assange took refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012, and last month the Ecuadorian president gave him up to the police where by he was dramatically arrested.
In a letter read out to Southwark court Assange said he found he was “struggling with difficult circumstances.”
He apologised in court to those who “consider I’ve disrespected them.”
He added, “I did what I thought at the time was the best or perhaps the only thing that I could have done.”
Last month Shockingly, District Judge Michael Snow at the Magistrates court barked, and suggested Assange should “get over to the US” and “get on with your life.”
Assange is now facing US federal charges over conspiracy over the largest leaks of US government secrets. The UK are deciding his fate as to whether or not they will extradite him.
If found guilty in the US, Assange could face up to five years.