Why is Wikileaks out there and what does leader Julian Assange really want? Andy Greenberg:
In “Conspiracy as Governance,” which Assange posted to his blog in December 2006, the leader of then-new WikiLeaks describes what he considered to be the most effective way to attack a conspiracy—including, as he puts it, that particular form of conspiracy known as a political party.
In other words, a political party is a conspiracy.
Consider what would happen if one of these parties gave up their mobile phones, fax and email correspondence—let alone the computer systems which manage their [subscribers], donors, budgets, polling, call centres and direct mail campaigns. They would immediately fall into an organisational stupor and lose to the other.
Another reason to avoid secrecy, no? I suspect it’s rather difficult to hack Vladimir Putin’s iPhone or email account.