Devil or martyr? For Julian Assange, it appears there's no easy answer. The WikiLeaks founder has spent six months holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, fearing the moment he steps outside he'll be arrested and deported to Sweden, where he faces charges of rape and sexual assault. Assange says he'd return to Sweden if the government would guarantee that he won't be extradited to the United States, where he fears he could face espionage charges related to a massive leak of classified military and diplomatic documents.
The man accused of providing those documents, of course, isn't so lucky. Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army private, was arrested in May 2010 and is still awaiting trial on 22 charges, the most severe of which could mean life in prison. Manning lacked the self-promotional flash and access to major media outlets enjoyed by Assange, let alone South American countries willing to grant him amnesty. But Assange, in his embassy confinement, continued to be a talkative lightning rod in the debate over government censorship of the Internet and what "state secrets" should really mean.