With or without WikiLeaks, the technology exists to allow
whistleblowers to leak data and documents while maintaining
anonymity. With or without WikiLeaks, the personnel, technical
know-how, and ideological will exists to enable anonymous leaking
and to make this information available to the public. Jailing
Thomas Edison in 1890 would not have darkened the night.
Yet the debate over WikiLeaks has proceeded as if the matter might
conclude with the eradication of these kinds of data dumps — as
if this is a temporary glitch in the system that can be fixed; as
if this is a nuisance that can be made to go away with the
application of sufficient government gusto.