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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sentenced in UK prison

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was sentenced on 1 May 2019 to 50 weeks (about 1 year 1 month) in a British prison for breaching his bail by entering the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Key Facts

  • The 47-year-old Australian national was arrested when Ecuador terminated his asylum on 11th April 2019.
  • He spent about seven years holed up in Ecuadoran Embassy and was found guilty of breaching the UK’s Bail Act.
  • Ecuador granted him refuge in their London embassy in 2012 to avoid his extradition to Sweden on rape accusations.
  • He currently faces US federal conspiracy charges in response to allegations that he conspired with former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to download classified databases, which is one of the largest leaks of government secrets till date.
  • It is now up to UK to decide whether to extradite Assange to US where if found guilty and convicted he would face up to five years in US prison.

Wikileaks

  • It was founded in 2006 by Julian Assange, an Australian computer programmer.
  • The whistle-blowing website is a not for profit international media organisation. It obtains and publishes confidential documents and images, news leaks or classified data provided by anonymous sources.
  • It has published many classified documents from film industry to national security and to war.
  • It hit headlines in 2010 when it released footage of US soldiers killing civilians from a helicopter in Iraq.

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Israel honors 1971 war hero Lt. Gen. (retd) JFR Jacob

Israel honors 1971 war (Bangladesh’s Liberation War) hero Lt. Gen. (retd) Jack Farj Rafael (JFR) Jacob with a plaque on Wall of Honour at the Ammunition Hill, Israel.

JFR Jacob

  • He was one of the most prominent members of India’s relatively small Jewish community, who served as a Lieutenant General in Indian Army and as the chief of staff of Indian Army’s Eastern Command.
  • He also fought in World War II and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
  • He negotiated the historic surrender of Pakistani troops in Dhaka after the 1971 war.
  • He later became Governor of two Indian states Goa and Punjab.
  • He died in 2016 at the age of 92.

The Wall of Honour

  • It pays tributes to heroism and courage of Jewish soldiers who fought in defence of the countries they lived in. It also honors their embodied virtues like values of bravery, loyalty, commitment and dedication to a mission, leadership, creativity, camaraderie and sanctity of life.
  • The Wall has plaques honoring more than 340 people namely privates, high ranking army officers, women, front line fighters and humble members of supporting units who implemented these virtues.
  • It has one more plaque honoring Lt. Gen. Joseph ‘Jerry’ Jhirad, an Indian Jewish soldier, who died in 1965 war against Pakistan.
  • The 90-feet high structure with a flag was donated by Sam Marshall, an Indian Jew, who in association with India-born Jewish Judge, Abe Sofaer of US initiated move to honour Lt. Gen. Jacob at Wall of Honour.

Ammunition Hill

  • It was a fortified Jordanian military post in northern part of Jordanian ruled East Jerusalem. It is the site of one of fiercest battles during Six Day War (Arab–Israeli War 1967) in Israel lost 21 soldiers but emerged victorious.
  • It has become a national memorial site where young soldiers and officers are inducted into Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and salute Israeli flag.

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