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WikiLeaks Founder Assange Drops Appeal of U.K. Prison Sentence

Activists protest the U.K. government for the imprisonment and possible extradition of Julian Assange to the U.S. in London on July 10.

Activists protest the U.K. government for the imprisonment and possible extradition of Julian Assange to the U.S. in London on July 10.

Photographer: Tayfun Salci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange won’t challenge his 50-week prison sentence for skipping bail and hiding out in the Ecuadorian embassy in the U.K.

A court hearing for Assange to appeal the length of the jail term has been cancelled, a court official said. Assange faces separate U.S. charges that he endangered national security and his extradition hearing is scheduled for February.