“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” ~ T. Jefferson.
Julian Assange and his colleagues have acted in a brave and selfless way, persisting in outing secretive documents despite smear campaigns and pressure from the highest levels of government.
Even if Wikileaks’ actions achieve nothing in terms of delaying action against North Korea and Iran, a point has been made. The internet is a weapon for transparency and democracy, and governments have never been more accountable.
Another possible consequence is simply increasing the security of intelligence, which can only be a good thing in a world threatened by terrorists.