Utterly ridiculous. The charges are a politically-motivated sham, as were the original rape charges. They're basically arresting a journalist for doing journalism. It's sick to see mainstream news outlets cheering or not opposing this move, as this is an attack on journalism and government accountability.
It is not. Assange is not a journalist, he's a hacker. The US doesn't want to punish him for publishing the information, they want to punish him for how he got it. This is much different than a journalist getting leaked information from a source. Assange conspires in hacking to get what he gets.
That said, I can understand and respect someone who is just about freedom of information even if I disagree with all information being accessible. Top secret classifications exist for a reason. However, I will let Bill Maher make my point about Assange with that...
"Obviously, we know these came from Russia and we also know that you don’t like Hillary Clinton, as does not Vladimir Putin. So it looks like you are working with a bad actor to put your thumb on the scale and basically ***** with the one person who stands in the way of us being ruled by Donald Trump."
Referring to hacked DNC emails, Assange went from being about freedom of information to picking sides. Assange has his own agenda.
Regardless of which side you sit on in that debate, I don't think anyone can argue this was coming. Assange bit the hand that was feeding him. He pissed off Ecuador in multiple ways and treated their embassy like his own personal pig sty.