Also putting it together with other actions of Julian's paints him in a very bad light.
It seems like a problem that Bashir might plausibly have, though. Or at least a bad tendency. He's very gifted, but he's also rather insecure, or at least he was often portrayed that way (some of this was muddied a bit by the genetic engineering retcon).
Having said that, I honestly can't say much about this episode because I don't think I've ever re-watched it. And my first impression, back whenever that was, didn't really stay with me.