I have to say that Julian Assange is currently one of my heroes...Not just because he managed to piss off just about every major power on Earth and then ran like a mad bastard, but because he's a journalist. A real, live, honest-to-God journalist, doing what journalists are supposed to do.
The purpose of a journalist isn't to entertain you. That's what gossip columnists and politicians are for. No, the purpose of a reporter/editor is to drag the Horrible Truth out into the daylight, to see which parts wiggle. If that's a problem or an embarrassment for the United States and her vassals, then maybe they need to stop doing the sort of shit they will be embarrassed by the public knowledge thereof.
Julian Assange and his crew found the Truth, and they bellowed it from the rooftops. Ironically enough, nobody would have cared, if the governments involved didn't get so butthurt about it.
The result, of course, was the charges against him. Very clumsy, though. Most people are going to sympathize with a guy who gets laid with two Swedes at once, only to have the two women change their mind later, making it look like "retroactive rape". I'm rather surprised they didn't paint him as a kiddie-fiddler and been done with it...But they didn't, and they botched the smear, and rather than discredit him, they've simply added to the Streisand Effect caused by the above mentioned butthurt.
This all makes you ask yourself how YOU will be treated by your government, given that they have not only abandoned their principles, but actively persecute those that haven't, branding them dangerous radicals, etc.
We have the choice of the voice of Athens, and the voice of Melos. Both are wrong, and most people aren't willing to listen to anyone else, in this case the voice of Socrates.
Or Kill Me.