Yes, the Obama administration's response to this has been highly anti-democratic.
Personally, I'd hazard a guess our Prez is pretty tired of being beseiged, and WL and Assange gave him a black eye he didn't need. Not good reason to behave in an authoritarian manner, but I am trying to understand our president on this.
However, more importantly - a global group of citizens is sending a strong message to the US gov to handle this better.
We are people from 15 countries at present, all participating in speaking this open letter on video.
Neither WL nor Assange are above criticism. However, it is critical we come together to send a strong message that we will not tolerate futher threats to our freedoms.