Ultimately, however, Assange's case is -- and is pretty clearly meant to be -- a distraction. I'd be a lot more interested in talking about the kinds of things that WikiLeaks revealed,
You honestly think that a site devoted to divulging privileged information which you and I have no right to, and that can get people killed, people who are trying to help stabilize (as well as those who destabilize) the world?
I remember one of the first incidents reported, an internal E-mail between a couple of diplomats (this wasn't as Tweet, but something sent among colleagues) where one complained about another country's diplomat and how they hated to work with that person. Typical Watercooler stuff, right? Remember the fall out? The slighted diplomat complaining about it?
Doesn't really seem like much, does it?
But how much damage do you think that did to relations between the U.S. and the (I think) Koreans? How much damage is it STILL doing? How much harder is it for the U.S. to sell it's products overseas now?
No one seems to actually be considering the consequences. Instead we (the public) are just using it as yet another gossip source, instead of celebrities, we're talking about behind the scenes politicking which would do well not to be known.
Imagine that you're father, mother, significant other, sibling, family, is one of those people who was outed by Private Manning. Imagine the fear that you now have to live with, knowing that they are in danger, because some jackass put that sensitive and classified information out on the internet were terrorists can get access to.
Assange seems to have some clearly psychopathic mannerisms, and claiming that his 'WikiLeaks' is a good thing is both blind and foolish.