Irrespective of whether people “like” Assange or not (and that really shouldn’t feature into this), a fact is that quite a large share of the pitiful amount of MSM journalism about western atrocities (etc.) in the Middle East and beyond, has happened only because WL made it impossible for them to entirely ignore it. To quote a bit from wiki (abu ghraib page):
On October 22, 2010, nearly 400,000 secret United States Army field reports and war logs, detailing torture, summary executions and war crimes, were passed on to the British paper, The Guardian, and several other international media organisations through the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. Among other things, the logs detail how U.S. authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape, and even murder by Iraqi police and soldiers, whose conduct appeared to be systematic and normally unpunished, and that U.S. troops abused prisoners for years even after the Abu Ghraib scandal.
(And where has that gone? Nowhere, because the corporate media just stopped reporting on it once the initial furore died down, also because Peace Prize-anointed Saint Obomber was president by then.)
Then there’s also the enormous amount of useful info that can be gleaned from “Hillary’s” mail server from her privatized correspondence while acting as SoS about the actions of the US State Dept, etc. None of which is touched, because that’s what corporate/political america prefers (and the same seems to go for the corporate media internationally – none will really talk about the new imperialism “justified” by the Global War “on” (really of) Terror on people who happen to sit on useful resources).
Once Assange is gone, that’s likely going to mostly stop, too, if only because people will become even more scared of the consequences of leaking.