Re: The USA wants Assange for what he did
Further to my anon. post above, one of the nightmare scenarios for aircrew was to be shot down, survive and be taken prisoner by Taliban / AQ. Literally, a fate worse than death.
I lost good colleagues and friends when a lucky shot with an RPG brought down C130-K XV179 in Iraq in 2005. It took CSAR 45 minutes of pure hell to find the crash site, during which time, any survivors would have been spirited away. 'Thankfully', there were none. I mention this to underline the reactions of aircrew to preventing their own potential death