"If Julian Assange is criminalized and incarcerated for revealing the truth about what our rulers are doing, have done, then you might as well deliver yourself behind those walls, you might as well volunteer for a prison cell yourself, because you'll no longer be free, and you'll never be free again."
Let's be sure that we understand that Assange is not charged with anything related to Russia or Russiagate or even with breaking a law. Assange is charged with being in a conspiracy with Manning "to commit computer intrusion." The charge is not that Assange succeeded in hacking a government computer and obtaining classified information. It merely says that Assange discussed the possibility with Manning and had an intention to hack a computer. Most likely, even this noncrime is an invention of prosecutors instructed to indict Assange in the absence of any evidence. It is all that they could come up with.
It is impossible to respect the indictment. It is the product of evil, and the evil indictment is a direct assault on the First Amendment to the US Constitution. Those who have brought this false charge have violated their oath to protect the Constitution from enemies abroad and at home. It is the enemies at home that we have to be concerned about as it is these enemies who have power over us.
If the US government had any evidence that Assange actually hacked a government computer, he would be charged with that. But as there is no evidence of an actual crime, the corrupt American prosecutors and a stupid and manipulated grand jury rolled out the conspiracy charge. A conspiracy is when a couple of people planned a bank robbery but didn't do it. In other words, they thought about it and talked about it. Therefore, a conspiracy existed although nothing really happened. Prosecutors and courts have corrupted the actual law to the point that a person can be arrested for considering a crime. In other words, "thought crimes" already exist. They are called "conspiracies." Now that they have machines that they claim can read our minds, if you think about murdering someone, you can be arrested for "conspiracy to commit murder."
Another example is when two or more people talk about getting some narcotics and having a high evening but instead watch a movie and go to bed. They could be charged with "conspiracy to obtain illegal narcotics." This is the type of charge for which Assange faces extradition to Washington.
Why? The answer is that the criminal, petty, and vindictive U.S. government wants to (1) get revenge on Assange for publishing documents leaked to him, allegedly by Manning—but we don't have any proof of that either other than a coerced admission from a tortured person—that reveal US war crimes and deception of allies, and (2) to shut down the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution so that the government's crimes can never again be revealed by journalists. This is Washington's way of solving the whistleblower problem.