Lest you think ASSange and his crew are whistleblowers and heros:
Whistleblowers don't threaten to release more sensative information if their leader is arrested on completely separate charges.
(Because if you really thought people needed to know that stuff, you'd release it regardless, right?)
And Whistleblowers don't attack the livelihoods of businesses who don't want to be associated with them.
Criminals and Thugs do.