Watching the TV news and reading newspaper accounts of Julian Assange's bail hearing I'm struck by the need some people have to embrace heroes, an impulse which is mirrored by an equally urgent need for villains, preferably American ones. Personally, I don't find Assange quite satisfactory in that role, for reasons I'll explain. But cheer up. In today's Guardian I can find two weightier candidates and the good news is that one is an improbable Russian, the other an American.
What if the "spoiled child" crazies in Pyongyang the label is justified for once turn their regime into the Alamo and unleash whatever they've got on the assumption (shared overnight by Tehran) that the leaks are all an American government plot, not a cock-up? That would make Wikileaks founder Julian Assange the Gavrilo Princip of the catastrophe, another righteous young man who thought that shooting an archduke or two at Sarajevo in 1914 would help clear the air and make the world a better place.