The US and UK may come to regret they didn't murder Assange. They could have poisoned him using some nerve agent, while tightening sanctions against Russia. Just to remind Putin who is the boss.
Seriously though, the number of people who have publicly called Assange a rapist shows how well the propaganda machine works in the West. Another example was how the media claimed Assange was paranoid and crazy in his Embassy prison. That he believed the walls had ears and everyone was spying on him. Next thing we know a Spanish court detailed how the Americans had paid the security firm responsible of protecting the embassy. They installed cameras and microphones everywhere, even the toilets. Assange whole life in the embassy was livestreamed into the US. Including confidential discussions with his lawyers on the court case against him.