Wikileaks needs to be stopped. Government documents are classified for a reason. We as a society are becoming spoiled teenagers who walk around with a false sense of entitlement. While, yes we live in a free country, the access or ability to view and have things at are disposal is not all inclusive. These documents are kept from the public to protect our country and the people attemting to serve it.
While they are many who argue that these should be matters of a public nature, I strongly disagree. The ramifications of making such documents public are far greater than the benefits of having "ousted" the government. Documents of this nature could affect you on a much more personal level if placed in the wrong hands. Besides providing names of people who work for the government, how long do you think it will be before positions of our troops is released? How long until the oppposing country knows exactly where to attack our troops? How long before your loved one who is serving in the military is killed all because you felt entitled to know? While, yes these may seem far-fetched scenarios for now, ask yourself how quickly do you think it will go there? Once someone, especially web related, is given an inch they will take a mile especially if there are no consequences to follow.
Does it mean that the government is perfect in my opinion or does not make their fair share of mistakes? Hell no! We are all aware of how many crooked politicians are in office. However, ultimately this is the agency in place for our well-being and protection. So completely disarming them or at the very least making them ill equipped to do their job in an attempt to "correct" the government seems a little unintelligent on our parts. When the governement or politicians has made errors they need to be dealt with, yes, but not in this fashion.
When it comes to Wikileaks "bringing down big companies" I still am against it. While they may not pose a threat national security it still is not the right way to handle a person or people who have committed a crime. We have laws in place to do that. And as far as making it public knowledge...isn't that what the media is for? As the article "The Rights and Wrongs of Hactivism" states : "Posses and vigilantes, online and off, mete out rough justice at best. That is no substitute for the real thing."