I don't subscribe to the view Assange is any sort of hero, but, as I have pointed out, he is not the worst hypocrite involved in this story - not even close. He has exposed "the patina" of others and no one on the US side is looking good right now and the more strong-arm tactics they use, the worse they look.
The reality of the situation is the the US Government is using intimidation to isolate Wikileaks/Assange and to dissuade others from following the same path and/or offering succour to those that do.
Frankly, it is absurd that a country whose president was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and who was formerly a human rights lawyer - i.e. someone who would have spoken up in favour of Bradley Manning, is now using such tactics to cover up stupidity, lies, two-faced hypocrisy and gross incompetence. It is particularly absurd since the information is already out there and a new organisation - OpenLeaks - will be going live soon.
The US Government would be far wiser to take it on the chin and improve security because the more they make of this the longer it will drag on. Bill Clinton would understand that even if his wife and his current successor do not.