Governments are servants; not rulers, not owners, mere servants. If someone doesn’t agree with that, they shouldn’t be in the government. At the risk of sounding distasteful, do our attitudes towards governments reflect our attitudes towards our servants, or do they reflect our attitudes towards our bosses?
It should be the former, but it is often the latter…
Arguments against Wikileaks are one of the following:
1. Ad hominem attacks.
2. That it endangers lives of informers, soldiers, etc.
3. Some information is better kept away from public sphere.
Most of the attacks are (1). There isn’t any data to prove (2) and leaks are arguably less harmful to lives than governments waging phony wars. I don’t think (3) should be true either, but we need to gradually get there…