DEMOCRACY: government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.We do not elect the agents to the Cabinet level of executive office. Little can be said that is good about elected officials, either:
Show me that age and country where the rights and liberties of the people were placed on the sole chance of their rulers being good men, without a consequent loss of liberty! I say that the loss of that dearest privilege has ever followed, with absolute certainty, every such mad attempt.-Patrick HenryIf issues were decided by the people, they would be done in referendum, initiatives, and recall votes.
However, when it comes to stealing US classified documents, no spy or "journalist" was elected to be our gatekeeper of that national treasure. When individuals decide to release critical information without authorization, it is rule by one - a tyranny. Neither Julian Assange nor Pfc. Bradley Manning had the right to sell, distribute, nor even possess our national secrets without our permission.
At this point, all proceeds from the sale of the property of the citizens of the US should be confiscated, regardless of who fenced our property.
ALL profits earned by Assange for selling the property of the US people, their secrets, should be confiscated. Any income from sales in the US through publishers or distributors should be confiscated. No criminal should be allowed to benefit from his crime