It's worth noting that Manning was locked up but those spooks who sold a little boy into sex slavery in Afganistan are still free.
I think you hit right on. It was clearly a stunt.
It's a trend these days to tweet something on then go back on your word almost immediately.
Social values evolve
And not just from "bad to good", really just towards different.
Consider the attitude of the WWII generation to torture and the attitude of the current one fed on "24" and similar shit. In many ways the people 100 years ago would judge us and find us wanting. That was one of the minor themes of John Birmingham's World War 2.1 books which open with a 21st century naval fleet ending up in the middle of WWII.
Disagree that for 200k he would unlock it for them
It's the Trump way of doing things. Don't get upset when a lowly serf tries it as an "opening bid".
It was not his property to wipe.
Unless it was. Bring Your Own Device is a thing now despite obvious complications like this.
All around the world, sinks have the hot water on the left, and the cold on the right
I used to live in a town with artesian water - stuff from very deep underground that comes up hot and under pressure. The water pipes in town were on the surface or close to it in a lot of places.
In the height of summer the "cold" tap would range from cup of tea temperature to scalding if you let it run long enough.
In my house the "hot" tap was fed from a tank at the back of the stove. In summer it was too hot to use the stove, so the town water would sit in the tank and cool down to room temperature.
Thus the "cold" was burning hot (sometimes 70C or more, the bore the water came from a few blocks away was at around 90C) and the "hot" was cold.
In winter the "cold" water would actually be cold from those shallow pipes unless you ran it for a long time, while the "hot" was actually heated by the stove and was hot.
So of course this really confused infrequent visitors.
Assange acted as if he didn't fear such a thing until he was facing extradition to Sweden for an unrelated criminal charge.
Considering how strange it was for things to escalate on an issue that isn't even a crime in the UK of course he had fears, it was also so strange that a leading Swedish political figure got involved to reopen the dropped case. All that fuss over a minor issue while elsewhere in the EU Polanski was left alone despite an actual conviction of violent rape of a child and fleeing from justice. It was extremely obvious that it was an effort to go after Assange for political motives instead of prosecuting a crime.
unrelated criminal charge
You should remember that he has not actually been charged - that's one of the things that makes it so strange. Extradition without actual criminal charges almost never happens so Assange had something to fear, he was in new "all bets are off" territory.
You Assange stans really think he's some sort of James Bond supervillain, don't you?
Oh do grow up.
Extraordinary rendition was definitely happening a few years ago to people who were not "supervillains" and it's probably continued under Obama. Hillary certainly seemed to like the idea.
Please, for God's sake show up for the mid terms.
Now that's optimism. If things go to shit we are one crisis away from the mid terms being cancelled on the excuse of that crisis.
Maybe you missed it the first time: there is no US extradition request for Julian Assange
Look up "extraordinary rendition" for the way at least one person has been taken out of Sweden by US agencies.
You are making the mistake of looking at this in terms of criminal law instead of the political/quasi-military situation that it actually is. Assenge is a political problem to be removed by extra-judicial means and not just a criminal that can be dealt with over time by an established process.
Now he contends that the US wants to get him in secret
It was not a very well kept secret. A lot of taxes were spent on making plans for Julian.
Coding is easy; All you do is sit staring at a terminal until the drops of blood form on your forehead.