One thing you should realize is this: being elected to anything by popular vote is not an assertion of -
Elected officials are normal people who got themselves out there, for some reason managed to get their name on a ballot, invariably ran a pageant-style campaign designed to get people to like them and then got elected. Never in any of the stages of becoming an elected official did you, or any voter, have any power over these people. You never had the power to make them decide this way or another, you never had the power to make them present this or that legislation, you never had the power to kick them out if they failed your expectations. You have the illusion that you hold some measure of power over them in either their desire to be re-elected or in some last-case-scenario of a "revolution" or uprising. Neither is more than an illusion for in the case of the former, they know full well that it only takes a few well designed PR campaigns and a couple legislative moves to please enough voters to get re-elected, and in the latter the odds of being victim to such an event are so low that it's like threatening someone with lightning - easily dismissed.
I went on this little tirade because, in discussing what elected officials/representatives say, do or claim to think, one oftens forgets just how little incentive there is for such a person to tell any measure of truth or to hold an honest conversation with anyone. It's like talking to a sock puppet, you think you're holding a serious conversation but you're just talking to the hand. We live in an age where an entire industry exists where people get college degrees and are hired to work on spinning facts, using and abusing compliant media outlets and obfuscating anything they're paid to. And, despite knowing this, many of us still live with the fantasy that we can play "gotcha" with these people, that we can get them to "concede" or to "admit" wrong doing and change their mind on some issue. We should really do something about this crippling disability of ours, but it's just so damn convenient to leave things the way they are... cause we'll elect someone else next time, right? that'll teach them bad guys...
Anyway, Julian Assange is a man. Just a man, doing what any free man should. Were that more men would do the same.