I'm not the GP, but sometimes there is no elegant way to tell someone that they are, indeed, a dumbass if they still believe any of this trumped-up shit at this late stage in the game. Every word that comes out of the mouths of the "authorities" is a lie. They have no interest in telling the truth or ever letting the truth be known to the unwashed masses. They hate you, they hate me, they hate all of us, with every fiber of their being. If you believe anything less, then you are naive and you deserve whatever you get. Wake up and realize that the powers that be won't be happy until you are completely enslaved in a technological matrix or dead. Count on it.
TThis is extremist ignorance from the other side aisle. Despite all of the Orwell you may have read, states aren't interested in causing pain, misery, and death for it's own sake or just to get their jollies out. States are simply apparati through which a lot of interests political and (most especially) corporate manifest their will. In the process they do a lot of deals and maneuvers for various reasons they really don't want to be aired in the open. And a fair amount of it perhaps, shouldn't be. Since Assange came from Sweden, the U.S. no doubt asked the Swedes for a favor to see if they could dig up some useful skeleton from Assange's past. This particular cold case sounds at the very least plausible.
The powers at be don't want us all dead. After all our purchases run the market, our labor makes things happen. They probably do want us compliant, and they'd rather we choose such compliance of our own free will. It's a lot cheaper and less messy that way.