Oh damn you caught me. You're right, I'm on the government payroll and I've been paid to tell you that I think Julian is a slimy weasel.
The truth is I'm not even American, Russian or traditionally employed by anyone. This post is only my opinion, and not a particularly important one at that, but the opinion of one who has the gall to believe you might be wrong. *shrug* At one time this very old school privacy nerd vehemently supported wikileaks, but learned to hate Julian when he, IMHO, jumped the shark with the panama papers. Around then it became obvious to me that his philosophy and mine espoused *very* different interpretations of his supposed driving principle of "information wants to be free". I believe all information on all parties should be treated equally and should be liberated to enact change as it will. Julian clearly believes information is leverage to apply pressure forcing change toward a particular goal he envisions. He has an agenda and it's not, at least by my standards, hacker or cypherpunk compatible and I'd really appreciate it if he kept his slimy hands and suspect narrative off the freed bits and bytes.
FWIW I support Chelsea's release. I think Snowden did the right thing, and believe psyops both exist and are being actively deployed world wide. I feel you might be existing in some weird backwards eddy of internet information if you don't realise that there are currently multiple paid adversaries (US & Russia being only the two largest, DNC & RNC being the most political) that are currently manipulating "grass roots" internet sentiment.
One thing that makes me believe the anti Julian sentiment is real is that it's always been there just modded/scored/deleted/buried below the surface. You just had to go look for it where the bots had buried it so it wasn't so visible. Ever since the end of the election a *lot* of pro-Trump, pro-Russian, pro-Wikileaks accounts have suddenly gone dark across the entire social media landscape, and that has left a lot of people confused because the massive "grass roots" support those ideas once had isn't there and is now easily drowned out by the remaining legitimate accounts, and those once hidden comments/posts are now easily visible. In other words this anti Julian hate has been here for quite some time but was drowned out by all the election propaganda. Of course an alternative explanation is
I just earned my two dollars (quite a good rate too btw) for attempting to change your mind or at least for sowing doubt in the truth of your post and pushing my alternate narrative. You know, active measures and all that.