Wikileaks only "leaks" what is given to them. They aren't a fucking espionage agency that infiltrates foreign governments and steals classified documents.
I chafe under this silly denial of culpability argument. It is without a doubt false and silly.
I perfectly accept the denial of culpability of someone like Verizon or another ISP who provide the infrastructure for viewing wikileaks. But, Wikileaks.org actively promulgates the dissemination of secret material.
Assange isn't running some kind of passive conduit which allows anyone to post whatever they want. No, what he does is promote the material, call the New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel demonstrating his editorial control. He has created an actively managed platform for traitorous leaks.
Assange is an attention seeker motivated by his own self-interests. I very much doubt he's interested in changing the course of Western policy, at least not in a manner most would consider fair or democratic.
Frankly, even if wikileaks.org was a passive conduit, which it's not, I wouldn't feel comfortable with it being used in this manner, and I would question its utility. When wikileaks first appeared, I was optimistic that it could provide a good platform for whistle-blowers in overlooked areas such as specific industries or countries lacking a strong, independent press. Wikileaks has strayed from that original ambition.
The perfect representation of this point is the fact that there is *nothing* Wikileaks has done with regard to national security which could not be done better by the New York Times. Nothing at all.
If Wikileaks turned its focus to those areas which do not benefit from the services of strong institutions like the New York Times, the world would likely be a better place. Most of the world suffers from great injustice and corruption. Wikileaks could shine a bright, disinfecting light on the failures of local governments and very large countries which have incredible human rights violations and repression of a free press to match.