As an Australian, I do feel a certain pride in fellow countryman Julian Assange’s exploits. Obviously with the Australian government playing lackey to the United States, there was no hope for him ever facing trial here. With the playing field of hacktivism spanning the globe, the distributed networks truly knows no borders and so neither does the information contained on it. As a result, the actions of individuals in this network can have far-reaching consequences. If one node goes AWOL, it’s unlikely to result in the collapse of the network, but it can carry with it magnitude of data from its access point.
What I find interesting is that Assange and other whistle-blowers such as Manning and Snowden each differ in their backgrounds, ages, and motivations yet are all united by the banner of ‘whistle-blower’, a fiercely scrutinized label that governments fear and despise, but which aims to selflessly serves the average person. Like a government should.