Funny people should accuse Assange of disrespect for the law
"I am not convinced of his innocence or [guilt] either way..."
Innocence or guilt of what? Assange has not been charged with any crime in any country.
The Swedish authorities asked to interview him; he waited for several weeks during which they chose not to, then returned to London at which point they immediately issued a warrant for his arrest.
He sought political asylum because he believed - I think rightly - that if he gave himself up he would find himself, first in Sweden, then in the USA, and finally in an unmarked grave before he could blink.
"Unmarked grave" may be wrong. Maybe they would just have imprisoned him in a secret dungeon for the rest of his life, or rendered him to Egypt, Uzbekistan, or Afghanistan to be tortured to death.