Julian Assange case proves just how gullible do-gooders can be especially famous backers

To most of us, Assange is simply a man on the run. wanted not just by the US but also at one time by the Swedish authorities over an alleged sexual assault, although that case appears to have run out of time since he fled to the Ecuadorian embassy.

That he now faces justice in the US is a matter for celebration.

Assange is the man behind Wikileaks, described by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in his former role as director of the CIA as a "non-state hostile intelligence service".

Its dumping of confidential emails and secret intelligence details led not just to a potentially catastrophic blow against Western security but potentially placed brave spies and informants in direct personal danger.

Initially, Assange presented himself to police after an international arrest warrant was issued by Sweden.

He was granted bail – with £140,000 put up by nine of his supporters.

But when a judge granted Sweden's extradition case, he ran to the Ecuador embassy where he was granted asylum.

There are a few deep lessons from this story. 

Like most lowlifes, he has repeatedly tried to dodge responsibility for his alleged actions. 

But his case reminds us of a central truth about life: there is no cause so unworthy that no one will support it.

Pro-Assange protesters

The Wikileaks founder's lawyer and supporters protesting outside court yesterday (Image: REUTERS/Hannah McKay)

 Julian Assange

A defiant and unkempt Julian Assange is taken away by police (Image: REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)

And in Assange's case, there have been any number of credulous fools jumping on the bandwagon that he is some sort of hero, lauding him and visiting him to show how right-on they are. 

Eric Cantona was videoed on a treadmill with Assange standing next to him monitoring his heart rate. 

That same treadmill was delivered to the embassy as a gift to Assange from Corbynite film-maker Ken Loach.

A string of celebrities has made the trip including actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard and John Cusack.

Yoko Ono and her son Sean Lennon have visited, as has Lady Gaga, who posted a picture of herself with Assange after five hours inside.

Designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has been a consistent supporter, along with Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson.

Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon

Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon have visited Assange (Image: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Studio One)

Anderson typifies the sheer idiocy of these bandwagon jumpers.

After one visit, she informed the world she is "deeply concerned about his health and well-being.

“His human rights have been abused before without sunlight but this is extraordinary. Incommunicado. No visitors. No internet. No phone calls.

“No access to outside world. This is torture, a slow, painful death at the hands of the US and UK.”

You would think that Assange was being unlawfully detained inside the embassy, rather than choosing to be there and defy constant demands that he leave.

There is nothing noble or principled about Assange – a point made clear by the contempt with which he has treated his friends.

By absconding from bail, he cost his supporters £93,500, the amount they were ordered by a judge to forfeit after they pledged it as surety for his bail.

Sir John Sulston, a Nobel prize-winning biologist, had to pay £15,000.

Tracy Worcester, a former model who is now the Duchess of Beaufort, had to pay £7,500.

Caroline Michel, his former literary agent, had to hand over £15,000.

If there is a bandwagon, there are clearly any number of celebrities ready to jump on it, no matter how idiotic the cause.

But it is not just celebs.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal is one of Assange's visitors (Image: Slaven Vlasic/Getty)

Last October, Yaqub Ahmed, a refugee from Somalia, was on a flight to Turkey about to be deported.

Before it could take off, passengers started a protest, demanding that Home Office officials release him.

They shouted: "They're separating him from his family.”

The officials had little choice but to take him off the plane – at which point the passengers yelped in triumph: "You're free man!"

However, Ahmed was not some innocent abroad but a violent rapist.

Yaqub Ahmed is a convicted rapist

Yaqub Ahmed is a convicted rapist (Image: Metropolitan Police Force)

They had allowed him to avoid deportation.

Or take Leonardo DiCaprio, who parades himself as some kind of paragon of environmentalism at every opportunity – and who flies 8,000 miles in his private jet to pick up an award for environmental campaigning.

Yes, it's rude to name call.

But I can't help myself: idiots, one and all.

So here’s a mild suggestion. 

Before you jump on the next bandwagon, take five minutes to check the facts.

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