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It's crucial we echo Voltaire's ancient defence of the distasteful. I don't like Wikileaks, but we must collectively defend their ability to exist or face all we find that's good on the Internet being made illegal.


It's bigger than a bunch of embarrassing diplomatic cables – what Wikileaks has done has exposed to governments more used to command-and-control authority that the mesh structure of the Internet isn't under their control. This is an inevitable but perhaps unforeseen consequence of its original design to be a resilient communications network for (you guessed it) the people who are now most opposed to it.