Whistleblowers Inc

Until now, press freedom to report the secrets of the powerful was protected by state law but Wikileaks can do so because the logic of the Internet permits it.

By their very nature the great media outlets become embedded in the power structure of the state and their continued access to information requires them to be deferential.

In an age when power brokers have used technology to seize control of information the world needs an equally aggressive, agile and resilient opponent.

As was seen in Climategate, insiders will blow the whistle if they know they will leave no electronic fingerprints and the amorphous, stateless web provides such protection.

The US Justice Department will find it hard to gain jurisdiction over Wikileaks, and even if it succeeded in winning a judgment, it will be difficult to enforce.

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