It appears plausible that Assange will ultimately be martyred for the grail of free speech. Certainly his effective apparent capture by elements of the intelligence community is not encouraging. It may well still be a well planned charade as well for the purpose of setting him in place to act as a witness in the USA.
Julian Assange Writes a Warning Letter To The Public—What’s Inside Will Send Chills Down Your Spine
Julian Assange On The War On Free Speech: “Everyone Else Must Take My Place”
I am defenseless. I am unbroken, albeit literally surrounded by murderers, but, the days where I could read and speak and organize to defend myself, my ideals, and my people are over until I am free! Everyone else must take my place.