Well, that was then: Issa, whose committee has wide-ranging powers to oversee the US government, decided on Friday to release more than 160 pages of State Department memos and diplomatic cables from Libya . It was part of his effort to prove Obama administration malfeasance leading up to the murder of the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Benghazi in September.
None of the released information was strictly "classified," but it all would typically have been kept private for years. Much the same could be said for most of the hundreds of thousands of cables released by Assange, which Issa so ardently opposed.
To be sure, Issa insists he's only interested in the truth, and there's no politics behind his efforts. But the tone of his statements might argue otherwise.
"Obama administration officials and their surrogates are clearly reeling from revelations about how the situation in Benghazi was mishandled and are falsely politicizing the issue in a last ditch effort to save President Obama’s reelection effort. To see such prominent officials as Sen. John Kerry, Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Carl Levin, Rahm Emanuel, and Obama Senior Adviser David Axelrod paraded out over to weekend to make false charges about the Oversight Committee putting Libyans in danger only shows their desperation to hide the truth."