Julian Assange to Stay in UK Prison on ‘Absconding’ Fears

By Todd Beamon    |

Julian Assange is driven away from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. (Press Association via AP Images)

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange will remain in prison when his jail term ends Sunday because of a “history of absconding,” a British judge ruled Friday.

Assange, 48, who is Australian, was to be released Sunday after serving 50 weeks for breaching bail conditions, BBC News reports.

However, Westminster Magistrates’ District Court Judge Vanessa Baraitser on Friday accepted prosecutors’ arguments that “substantial grounds” existed for believing Assange would flee again.

He is fighting extradition to the United States on charges of conspiring with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to break into a classified government computer at the Pentagon.

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