The Australian appeared at London’s Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday, where he was found guilty of breaking the Bail Act following his arrest at the Ecuadorian embassy last month.
Assange had spent seven years inside the embassy, first entering in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assault allegations and fears he would face trial in the U.S. He denied the allegations.
Speaking to the court Wednesday, Assange read a letter that said he had found himself “struggling with difficult circumstances” and apologized to those who “consider I’ve disrespected them.”
He added that his decision to escape bail in 2012 was made because he thought it was “the best, or perhaps the only, thing I could have done.”
Assange now faces U.S. federal conspiracy charges linked to WikiLeaks and up to five years in prison if convicted. The U.K. is set to make a decision whether to extradite him to the U.S. on Thursday.