Before I get started, there is one name that made neither my list of heroes nor of scoundrels, the one person who could make a real difference in Julian Assange's treatment if he'd just speak up, now where did he go? Just two words on that: "Donald Who?"
I think the plight of Julian Assange is one of the most defining issues of our perilous times and the actions people have taken either way and words they have used to comfort or hurt, support or condemn can be considered a shibboleth distinguishing each person's or organization's stance toward tyranny. Some see the danger, while others are befuddled and some even hope to benefit from imposition of a drastic regime for concealing crimes against humanity.
Thus after Mr. Assange's arrest, I began compiling a list of people and organizations who stood up for him. On the other hand, the actions of those attacking him were so outrageous that I created two columns and stuck the latter over on the right (not to be confused with their political stance-the persecution of whistleblowers has been bi-partisan). The list has extended to five pages now. In many cases I didn't write down exactly why they'd made the list, and while I've attempted to organize it, the names are still mostly in the order that I encountered them. Moreover, I haven't had a chance to update it for a while. Any criticisms or suggestions would be welcome.
Most of my sources for this, I must add since I wasn't thinking of publishing at the time, came from links at Rice Farmer's blog https://ricefarmer.blogspot.com/, particularly the sections labelled "Propaganda/censorship/fake news/alternative facts" and "War on Julian Assange" in the weeks following his arrest.