Well, the four years that I have on you must make a very large difference in recollection of former times.
On the Assange charges, he/she/it (Chelsea girl) was sentenced to thirty-five years ... as it was the one that stole top secret data and forwarded it to WikiLeaks. Very similar to the Pentagon Papers. But, as soon as her taxpayer provided sex-change operations were completed, obimbo commuted her sentence. And, as she is able to run for public office, that was not a simple commutation ... it was more akin to a full pardon.
However, WikiLeaks embarrassed the obimbo administration and the clownton state department, to such a degree ... the powers that be are attempting to link Assange to the actual treason. Hayull,, he's an Australian that simply published the stolen top secrets. It's a very close situation to the Pentagon Papers. However, as opposed to embarrassing Nixon ... it humiliated obimbo and clownton. You don't mess with those dynasties.