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Surely the founder of Wikileaks is a prototype American hero; just the sort of person Americans like to think they are.

He’s the enemy of big government, wants government held to account for what it does, wants to hand knowledge and power back to the people; he’s a rugged individualist and a remarkable entrepreneur, and brave.  He seems to embody what are supposed to be American virtues.  Yet all those rugged individualists in the USA want to put him in the electric chair.