The judge in the Assange extradition case just rejected an appeal and released him on bail. Assange is going to post $375,000 bail and have his movements tracked as he awaits extradition to be questioned by a Swedish prosecutor.
Meanwhile, the Justice Department is trying to build a conspiracy case against Assange by showing that he “encouraged” Bradley Manning to leak documents. As far as I can tell, the encouragement Assange provided was on the level of source confirmation, something every journalist does when they receive leaked information.
This kind of prosecution would set a pretty awful precedent for our press, yet the only protest I’ve seen from the US media is a letter from some journalism professors. Contrast this with Australia, where representatives from major media outlets sent a protest to their prime minister.