A judge has ruled Julian Assange a “narcissist” for being guilty of breaching his bail conditions. This was hours just after he was forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London following seven years of refuge.
Furthermore, the WikiLeaks founder is facing extradition to the United States on charges of conspiring to break into a classified government computer. Even more, this could land him a maximum jail sentence of five years or more.
Assange 47-year-old was detained by police after the Ecuadorian government withdrew his asylum. Further, the self-proclaimed Journalist, was accused of interfering in international affairs and being discourteous to embassy staff. The Journalist was carried away in handcuffs by 7 security officers and put into a van on 11th April 2019.
Later on, he appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court where he was found guilty of breaching his bail conditions. As a result, he also faces a jail term of up to 12 months in the UK where he is sentenced later at crown court.
In contrast, Assange claimed he could not expect a fair trial in British courts as the UK’s purpose was to “secure his delivery” to the US.
However, Judge Michael Snow said Assange’s defence was laughable – and described his behaviour as “that of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests”.
According to reports, Assange is looking much older than his 47 years. Also, Assange saluted the public gallery and gave a thumbs up to a supporter who was wearing a hi-vis jacket. Finally, Assange has now been remanded in custody and will next appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 2 May 2019.
Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson said: “Since 2010, we’ve warned that Julian Assange would face extradition to the US for his publishing activities. Unfortunately, today we have been proved right.”
Meanwhile, Assange supporters gathered outside the court chanting “no extradition” as they sat down on the road.