To speak frankly, Julian Assange gives me the creeps. But that is completely irrelevant to the importance of defending him on civil liberties grounds. The government of Ecuador has betrayed its trust by handing him over for arrest into the hands of the US courts where he cannot possibly have a fair trial. The only legal brief the US government has against him is that Wikileaks exposed US war crimes in Iraq. And for that, he deserves our respect & political defense.