Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has been sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for skipping bail in the United Kingdom in 2012.
Judge Deborah Taylor declared that Assange should serve the maximum sentence of one year given the gravity of his offense.
Taylor rejected Assange’s claim for leniency because of the time he spent, seven years, in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
CBC reports that Assange stood still with his hands clasped as his sentence was read at London’s Southwark Crown Court.
Attorney Mark Summers read a letter in which Assange admitted that he was “struggling with terrifying circumstances” and did he what he thought best. The journalist “apologized unreservedly” in a letter that was read to the court, but this was not enough to sway the judge.
Taylor said, “By hiding in the embassy you deliberately put yourself out of reach, while remaining in the UK… In so doing, you exploited your privileged position to flout the law.”
Assange supporters in the public gallery chanted “no justice in the UK” and “shame on you” at the judge while police called for reinforcements.
Assange’s arrest on April 11, 2019, was a highly publicized affair that received a polarizing response in political circles.
BLP reported on neoconservatives and their neoliberal counterparts cheering Assange’s arrest, deriding him as a subversive for his decision to expose some of the more unsavory aspects of the military-industrial complex and the politicians who wage never-ending wars.
America First supporters like Cassandra Fairbanks were disappointed in Trump’s lack of support for the Wikileaks founder throughout his arrest.
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) April 24, 2019
Assange and his leaks arguably played a huge role in getting Trump elected.
Rush Limbaugh Announces That His Lung Cancer is Terminal
Conservative radio titan Rush Limbaugh announced to his listeners Monday that his lung cancer is terminal.
Recent scans showed that the cancer has progressed despite much treatment and positive results. “It’s not dramatic, but it is in the wrong direction,” said Limbaugh.
Limbaugh announced his cancer diagnosis back in February. President Donald Trump honored the pioneering conservative talk show host with the Medal of Freedom at the State of the Union address shortly thereafter.
Here’s a transcript of what Rush said on his show Monday. Excerpt below:
From the moment you get the diagnosis, there’s a part of you every day, okay, that’s it. Life’s over. You just don’t know when. But when you get that diagnosis, I mean, that’s… So, during the period of time after the diagnosis, you do what you can to prolong life, do what you can to prolong a happy life. You measure a happy life against whatever medication it takes.
And at some point you can decide, you know, this medication may be working, but I hate the way I feel every day. I’m not there yet. But it is part and parcel of this. It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over. Now, we all are, is the point. We all know that we’re going to die at some point, but when you have a terminal disease diagnosis that has a time frame to it, then that puts a different psychological and even physical awareness to it.
Stage 1 is just a bunch of little nodules running around, and even if you got a scan that showed a bunch of nodules, they’d say, “Gotta keep a sharp eye on them. There’s some nodules here, some nodules there.” But it really doesn’t present as what it is (this type of cancer) until it’s stage 4 — and stage 4 is, as they say, terminal. So we have some recent progression. It’s not dramatic, but it is the wrong direction.
So we have to tweak the treatment plan, which we did, and the chemotherapy drugs in hopes of keeping additional progression at bay for as long as possible. The idea now is to keep it where it is or maybe have it reduce again. We’ve shown that that is possible. If it happened once, it can happen again. So that’s the objective of the current treatment plan.
We here at Big League Politics will continue to keep Rush and his family in our thoughts and prayers.
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