Sex and State Secrets? You don't have to like Julian Assange to get the feeling that his current legal jeopardy in not wholly unconnected to his current endeavor.
I don't know what to make of the guy. However the leaks reached him, is he any more culpable than, say, the NYT when they published the Pentagon Papers? That's a hard argument to make. And while a military employee might be guilty of espionage or treason for leaking the stuff to him, it's hard to make the case that Assange carries the same burden, being in many ways simply a journalist. An activist journalist, to be sure -- but again, the Times's decisions to publish some leaks and not others were not made in a moral or political vacuum.
All that said, Assange does come across as a bit of a dick -- e.g., sleeping with some starf*cker "activist" cutie and then asking her to buy his train tickets because he has no cash and doesn't want the Americans tracking his credit card usage. Can't you just hear him playing it up to her? "Make love to me again, darling, for I will remember you, even as dark forces gather to take my life. I am but a pawn in this larger game. Oooh, and buy me this copy of Time. I'm on the cover."
But it's hard to prosecute a guy for being a dick, as much as two women may regret their assignations with him after finding out he was not exactly monogamous. (Young, handsome, subject of world's attention, focal point of rage among the establishment, cult hero to the professional left -- and you think he's not getting ass like Mick Jagger circa 1968?)
Look, I get why this is a problem and an embarrassment for the goverment, the military, the country. But their whining hardly sounds different from that of the two ladies making the sexual complaints against him. Or, more accurately, the U.S. goverment sounds like a 15-year-old girl who texted a snapshot of her tits to her boyfriend, then found it on the web later in the week. Welcome to the new world.