With this in mind, they may want him languishing behind bars in London, wanting him killed by neglect to avoid an embarrassing judicial defeat if US courts support First Amendment speech and media freedoms what earlier Supreme Court rulings upheld.
WikiLeaks is an investigative journalism operation. Media freedom is a constitutional right no matter how unacceptable or offensive views expressed may be to certain parties.
Abolishing the right jeopardizes all others. Injustice to Chelsea Manning and Assange threatens the right of everyone to express views freely.
It's the most fundamental of all rights. Without it, anyone expressing views publicly that challenge the official narrative on vital issues is vulnerable to prosecution for the "crime" of speech or media freedom.