Below is an article by SF author Bruce Sterling on his take of Julian Assange, Wikileaks, and its meaning for the future. The article is long, but insightful and a bit scary.
“If there’s one single watchword, one central virtue, of the diplomatic life, it’s “discretion.” Not “transparency.” Diplomatic discretion. Discretion is why diplomats do not say transparent things to foreigners. When diplomats tell foreigners what they really think, war results.”
The entire article can be found here: http://www.webstock.org.nz/blog/2010/the-blast-shack/