I've just watched a TV broadcast about the wikileaks guy, he's been described as "admired by many", "anti-establishment" and "heroic" I wondered if people agreed, I also want to examine the idea that he is supposedly "anti-establishment" too, how would anyone reach that conclusion?
I see him as solidly part of the establishment, the supporters who are posting a massive amount of money in police bail are certainly establishment, whether they are liberal, like John Pilger, or conservative I dont particularly care, they are socially and economically very privileged people.
Has the released information harmed the establishment or will it harm the establishment and will it continue to harm the establishment, I very much doubt it, it certainly has not benefited the general populace in any discernable fashion and I'm sure that there are establishment figures from foreign powers and states which will have positively benefited from these disclosures.
To be honest I think this guy has engaged in sabotage of the very highest and first order of one of the few democracies capable of using hard power to influence world events, its not arrested the development, profit margins or spread of the military-industrial complex or the intelligence communities.
Objectively there has been nothing about this which could be described as progressive or constructive but it has been injurious to the very ideas of confidentiality and privacy.