Re: Out of the loop here
I'd suggest listening to other more accurate sources.
The timeline of events was actually summarised very well in the article, and accurately. However, in case you didn't want to read it:
- Person in Sweden makes a criminal complaint against Assange
- Swedish prosecutor rules there's no case to answer and doesn't pursue it
- Assange leaves Sweden and comes to the UK
- Swedish prosecutor curiously changes their mind and demands Assange attend
- Assange politely declines
- Sweden issue European Arrest Warrant
- UK tell Assange that the arrest warrant is actionable and that they will be arresting him and handing him to the Swedish authorities
- UK release Assange on bail
- Assange appeals to prevent being extradited
- Legal stuff happens, following which a court rules that the crime as described would be a crime in the UK, that there's thus no defence against conforming with the arrest warrant, and that Assange will be sent to Sweden
- Assange skips bail, seeking refuge in the embassy of a foreign power
- Time passes, during which the foreign power enjoy a change in their domestic circumstances and don't enjoy the alleged decoration by Assange to their embassy
- Foreign power invites UK police to arrest Assange for the crime of breaching his bail conditions
- Assange is arrested, incarcerated, tried in court and sentenced for breach of bail
- As the sentence completes, the US, who have been bleating throughout that they don't want Assange at all, no, really, ignore the US politicians suggesting he's drone striked, no don't listen to the US politicians that want him executed in the US, no just the lovely cuddly Americans who wish no harm on him whatsoever issue an extradition request to the British Government
- A court rules that as he has a history of breaching bail conditions Assange can't be trusted to appear at an extradition hearing and must thus be remanded in custody
- At the extradition hearing the court agrees that the lovely cuddly Americans who wish no harm on him whatsoever will in fact kill the poor sod if he's handed over, and that's against British law, so he's not handed over
- The US indicate their intent to appeal the decision so the court remands Assange in custody again pending the appeal
- A further hearing in court is reported here; see the article for details, although note that even the lovely cuddly Americans who wish no harm on him whatsoever now agree that he wouldn't be safe in the US, in the custody of those lovely etc.
Basically Sweden, the US and Assange have all acted suspiciously, Assange's fear of being given a suppository, put in a nappy, tied into the back of a cargo aircraft and flown to a site where people will torture him is well founded (because Sweden have let the Americans do that to people before, and the US clearly mean him harm) but he broke UK law. He was punished for that, and he's being generously assisted in obeying the law by keeping him in a safe secure location from which he can't accidentally fall into a passing embassy.
Sorry, maybe I should tldr and just answer your questions.
> what's the sentence to skipping bail : forever imprisonment ?
It varies by case, but on this occasion it was 50 weeks imprisonment.
> is he even tried for skipping bail ?
He's been tried, convicted and served his sentence.
> the USA are forcing the UK to keep an Australian guy in prison
The USA are not forcing the UK to keep Assange in prison. He has been remanded in custody due to being assessed a 'flight risk', on account of previously breaching bail conditions and spending several years evading arrest. He's not being imprisoned for an offence, he's been held available for a future court hearing. This is standard in the UK and has nothing to do with the Americans, or indeed the Australians.