“WikiLeaks has been under intense pressure since it began publishing some 250,000 U.S. State Department cables, with attacks on its websites and threats against its founder, Julian Assange, who is now in a British jail fighting extradition to Sweden on sex crime allegations.
Wikileaks is not a phenomenon of cyberculture anymore than hacking is. Earlier there were anarchists who wanted to bring down the governments. There shall always be those whose spirit of rebellion is meant to wreck things or create anarchy. When governments,- be it a constitutional monarchy or democratically elected embark on wars or wreck the paths to progress (because some spot of earth has oil and minerals that a few could exploit and enrich themselves ) I think the spirit of rebellion takes wing to throw monkey wrench into their work. Equity and justice are purely relative in the way world governments plan their peace initiatives. Giving a homeland to the Jews not in East Africa but in the Middle East, displacing those who have lived for ages is but one example of it. If such outrage can be hatched in the most civilized manner by diplomats and put into operation by rolling tanks by night and barbed wires under the watch of soldiers armed to teeth imagine how it would be if they were not a murmur of protest?
Anarchy did kill quite a few. Yes, it was murder most foul. But think of all the wars the governments (against which the movement was protesting) let loose from the early 19th century till now. Who caused most widows and orphans to walk as though walking dead or create misery? Killing in a flush of outrage over an idea and a perceived injustice is to be punished. Only that those who sent millions to their death from the cold logic of men who stands to benefit from it also need to be punished. It makes justice evenhanded. (Hello Dick Chaney how are you? Halliburton was hanging on your coattails in return for warming their chair- your term in office was a revelation as to what oils the engine of democracy. Sorry for this digression. )
Alas we are not angels and there shall not be universal peace or prosperity evenly distributed. As long as there are imbalances there shall be those like Wikileaks create embarrassment for the established order.
Of course every government will want to put down the nuisance and embarrassment and it is knee-jerk reflexes, and it makes their sense of outrage all the more ridiculous.