There are those who believe that if we want to uphold our freedoms, we must support our intelligence services because they risk their lives every day to keep us free and our values safe.
And then there are those – I call them & # 39; fake liberals & # 39; – deliberately misusing human rights reasons to help the enemies of our way of life.
Jemima Khan, footballer Eric Cantona, former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson and even Nigel Farage were among those who congratulated the slightly-turned alleged rapist Julian Assange as world freedom champion of the press.
The founder of Wikileaks was dragged by a large group of men from the Ecuadorian embassy as astonished supporters and demonstrators in central London
Amal Clooney was one of a number of famous Assange friends before moving to the embassy
When this self-proclaimed protector of our freedom stated "no entity including the National Security Service will be allowed to act against journalists," he cheated many who should have known better.
That he might do this to undermine Western democracies never came across their blinkered idealistic minds.
The outrage that these sounds express at the correct, so late, removal of Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London and his detention awaiting extradition is as repulsive as it is predictable.
Because Assange is not a friend of the liberties they enjoy. He is their deadly enemy.
Through WikiLeaks, this narcissistic poser could use an enormous cache of 250,000 secret emails in three huge releases to undermine the American intelligence and diplomatic community, undermine the American political process, and help Donald J Trump preside over the presidency of the most powerful nation world to win.
Jemima Khan arrived at Westminster Magistrates Court to support Assange prior to his 2010 hearing
British fashion designer and activist Vivienne Westwood visited Assange at the embassy in 2016
It's no surprise that Trump said at the time: & # 39; I love WikiLeaks & # 39 ;.
These emails were harvested from the NSA, we believe today, by the Russian military intelligence agency, the GRU, and then issued by WikiLeaks.
No wonder the NSA said: & # 39; WikiLeaks is a malicious foreign actor & # 39 ;, and brought Assange to the same level as Edward Snowden (the former CIA employee who leaked highly secret information from the NSA and is still a long-term guest of Vladimir Putin is in Russia).
In direct terms, their most deadly impact was the publication by WikiLeaks of the names of many of the brave men and women who were chosen to work as secret agents with US and British forces in their critical work to control the murderous Taliban in Afghanistan and defeat.
We do not know how many were slaughtered because their identity was revealed, but we know only too well what the Taliban and other Islamists are doing to those they regard as traitors.
Actress Pamela Anderson took lunches to her boyfriend Assange and has since expressed her support after his arrest
Amnesty International rightly denounced Assange for the & # 39; deadly branches & # 39; of his appointment of & # 39; tens & # 39; Western intelligence agents.
The repelling reaction of Assange was typically conceited. & # 39; I am very busy and have no time to treat people who would rather do nothing than cover their own donkeys. & # 39;
These agents actually save the lives of Afghans threatened by the Taliban and also the lives of coalition personnel. WikiLeaks put thousands of innocent people at great risk.
Assange & # 39; s undermining American democracy was less deadly, but just as treacherous in his own way.
When on October 7, 2016, Trump's election campaign almost derailed by the publication of the infamous Access Hollywood video – where Trump bragged about his ability to capture women by their privacy and & # 39; move them, as a bitch & # 39; – WikiLeaks brought a stream of emails made to indicate that Hillary Clinton was incompetent and liar.
The spotlight shifted Trump's nasty behavior to her reputation as US Secretary of State. Exactly where Trump and the Russians wanted it.
As Mrs. Clinton rightly pointed out, Assange had understood that he can arm & # 39; information in our digitally connected age & # 39; to harm western interests.
Both Assange and Snowden, she said, were & # 39; Putin's strategic goals serve & # 39 ;.
She concluded: & he is actually on the Kremlin payroll or supports their propaganda & # 39 ;.
Assange will now do everything he can, helped by his big eyes and gullible comrades, to resist extradition to the US.
The big irony is that if this traitor finally ends up in Trump's America, he thinks the president has dropped him – and his new life could be solitary confinement in a super-max security prison.
Professor Glees is director of the Center for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham.