For a definitive account of the Julian Assange affair read this essay in UK's New Statesman by renowned investigative reporter John Pilger:
The pursuit of Julian Assange is an assault on freedom and a mockery of journalism
By John Pilger Published 22 August 2012
Excerpt from the essay:
“Threatening to abuse a law designed to expel murderers from foreign embassies, while defaming an innocent man as an “alleged criminal”, Hague has made a laughing stock of Britain across the world, though this view is mostly suppressed in Britain. The same brave newspapers and broadcasters that have supported Britain’s part in epic bloody crimes, from the genocide in Indonesia to the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, now attack the “human rights record” of Ecuador, whose real crime is to stand up to the bullies in London and Washington.”
---and Bradley Manning? What, precisely, is his crime? The U.S. seems not to require evidence of a crime in order to lock people up - or even to kill them. If I were in Assange's shoes I'd resist extradition to Sweden, too.