"The more secretive or unjust an organization is, the more
leaks induce fear and paranoia in the leadership and planning
coterie. This must result in minimization of efficient internal
communications mechanisms (an increase in cognitive 'secrecy tax')
and consequent system-wide cognitive decline resulting in decreased
ability to hold onto power as the environment demands adaptation.
Hence in a world where leaking is easy, secretive or
unjust systems are nonlinearly hit relative to open, just systems.
Since unjust systems, by their nature induce opponents, and in many
places barely have the upper hand, leaking leaves them exquisitely
vulnerable to those who seek to replace them with more open forms of
(Julian Assange, quoted in a long
"At last - at long last - the
homemade nitroglycerin in the old cypherpunks blast shack has gone
(Bruce Sterling article
on Wikileaks and much else--long, pretentious, but interesting)