WikiLeaks: the correct response is not anger, but openness – Telegraph Blogs
Our host discounts the deterrence value of punishing accomplices. In that I think that he is wrong. Some people are insane or gripped by ignorance and youthful passion, itself a transient form of insanity. They cannot be properly speaking deterred but must be intercepted and stopped. Others are more functional but also more rational. If Assange suffered the traditional punishment for Espionage and the word got out that the anonymity of the Internet was less than chat rooms populated by 17 year olds promised then all but a fraction of the problem would go away. The problem of securing the Web should be focused on defending against professional combat by cyber warriors from China. The hordes of script kiddies crashing web-sites on behalf of Wikileaks are chaff. They are tools being used as cover by the real threat.