Fig 1. Secret Lair
Both his name (particularly his last name) and game seemed just like something a villain right out of the James Bond or Austin Powers films would be doing, but is Julian Assange truly as bad as a Blofeld or Drax?
Compound Photo above via See Photos of WikiLeaks' James Bond-Like Data Headquarters
Update: a kind reader alerted us to a further similarity with a Bond villain, Mr. Assange and Dr. No share the same first name: Julian
Fig 2. Blofeld, Assange, Dr. No
So he has the look, the lair, and the name, but what has he actually been up to? It depends on who you ask, but to the Average Joe, it sounds like nothing but nefarious bidding: threatening banks with releasing information from executives' hard drives (causing said banks' stock to drop) and releasing hundreds (if not thousands) of sensitive pieces of information from governments and other institutions all over the world. Assange pulls the old 5GB of data routine while Bank of America stops handling WikiLeaks payments and is he an anarchist on the level of Dr. Evil? You be the judge.