I think Wikileaks can do a goood job in exposing the duplicity of governments and others, who often just withhold information from the general public for the hell of it. However, like many others I am uneasy about some of the recent leaks which compromise diplomatic efforts and identify individuals to national governments who may seek revenge.
I also share the unease over the arrest in London of Julian Assange, wanted by the police in Sweden to answer sex assault charges. There is no question that he had sex with the two women involved, but one wonders if the charges against him would be pursued if he wasn't who he is. It appears that the two women happily socialised with Mr Assange after the alleged assaults and only went to the police together on discovering he had sex with both within days of each other.
The women deny they have been put under pressure to pursue the charges, but there is a concern that his extradition from London to Sweden will result in a request from the United States to issue its own arrest warrant.
I have no idea if Mr Assange is guilty of sexual assault, but it would not serve justice if one charge was being used to get him for another. The United States has good cause to be angry and concerned over the leaks on Wikileaks, but it would be bad for democracy and a bad reflection on the country if it was to seek revenge by underhand means.