Isn't it quite funny that - given that we are currently in the year 2010 and nearing 2011 rapidly - just now people and governments alike start judging Wikileaks and their founders/editors for releasing the stuff that they have been doing since 2006 (and prior to that aswell, just not on quite the platform yet!)
All of a sudden you see Wikileaks all over the media, hear scandalous stories (which aren't even true) about its staff (I mean, come on, if everyone that has sex without a condom or sex with condom and the condom breaks is going to be arrested, then we may as well start building prisons instead of houses for people to live in!)
Now, the sex-accusations that triggered the imprisonment of Julian Assange seem vague at best (seeing as there are always 2 people needed to perform it, and if it is in the woman's living place of all places in the world, then it definately can't be rape or whatever, since she even let him sleep/eat there the following morning. But apparently, these accusations are merely used to give the US government time to charge him under the Espionage Act.
The 1917 Espionage act is as follows:
"Whoever, with intent or reason to believe that it is to be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of a foreign nation, communicates, delivers, or transmits, or attempts to communicate, deliver, or transmit, to any foreign government, or to any faction or party or military or naval force within a foreign country, whether recognized or unrecognized by the United States, or to any representative, officer, agent, employee, subject, or citizen thereof, either directly or indirectly, any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, note, instrument, appliance, or information relating to the national defense, shall be punished by death or by imprisonment for any term of years or for life, except that the sentence of death shall not be imposed unless the jury or, if there is no jury, the court, further finds that the offense resulted in the identification by a foreign power (as defined in section 101(a) of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978) of an individual acting as an agent of the United States and consequently in the death of that individual, or directly concerned nuclear weaponry, military spacecraft or satellites, early warning systems, or other means of defense or retaliation against large-scale attack; war plans; communications intelligence or cryptographic information; or any other major weapons system or major element of defense strategy..." (full link here: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode18/usc_sec_18_00000794----000-.html )
So in other words, the US would be willing to kill Assange if he is found guilty under this act.
Now, just how would that work out with 76.5% of the US population being Christians (Commandment VI: Thou shalt not kill).
Only time will tell...but for now I hope that the Spirit of Christmas comes over the US government and they'll figure out that sharing and caring is better than keeping all the cookies for themselves.