Naah, he just be trollin'. thehippoz is right to keep certain contexts in mind: people are fallible human beings, and hence subject to errors in judgement. Assange is not the messiah. But that does not necessarily make him a naughty, naughty boy (you have to see Life of Brian to get that one, thehippoz). He doesn't strike me as a con artist --and I know a bit about their psychology. He does strike me as at risk of getting carried away by narcissistic tendencies. He's got a lot of power and influence and an iconic status, but he's got a lot to learn about how to handle it wisely. At worst, he is a bit like John Lennon saying that the Beatles are bigger than Jesus and believing that his proselytising is going to change the world. But the world needs idealists. Even slightly mad ones. Especially the slightly mad ones. It is good that you try to keep a balanced view of him as a person, but you are listing over to the other side because of your own prejudices. Your dislike of Assange reveals more of yourself than of him.