We have a government with three primary "branches." IMHO after a period longer than six months, no piece of paper should be considered so "secret" that people can be imprisoned for releasing the information unless all three branches including both houses of Congress separately have signed off on classifying that piece of paper. Yep, we're going to have to move into the 21st Century. That may require us to quit spending money on 19th Century information technology. Maybe many branches of our government can join the FBI and skip the 20th Century. Step 1, eliminate two out of every three photocopiers and all multicopy forms. Step 2, have every federal office hire some 12-year-olds to help plan in 2011 for the use of tablets to be implemented by 2013 as opposed to 2043 which would be comparable to how well they did with personal computers which, in part, were not embraced because of institutionalized paranoia about "secrets." Relying on whistle blowing has a way of resulting in harm to Americans. I'm going to use the following examples because it is not clear that under the law anything "illegal" was going on that would provide a shield for a whistle blower and because these things don't really lend themselves to a rational moral defense, not that rational is a criteria for political debate these days. The Public Health Service, working with the Tuskegee Institute, began the study in 1932. Investigators enrolled in the study 399 impoverished African-American sharecroppers from Macon County, Ala., infected with syphilis. For participating in the study, the men were given free medical exams, free meals and free burial insurance. They were never told they had syphilis, nor were they ever treated for it. The story broke first in the Washington Star on July 25, 1972, forty years later. Americans came to harm. Project 112 was a biological and chemical weapons experimentation project conducted by the US Army from 1962 to 1973. The project started under John F. Kennedy's administration, and was authorized by his Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, as part of a total review of the US military. The name of the project refers to its number in the review process. Every branch of the armed services contributed funding and staff to the project. Experiments were planned and conducted by the Deseret Test Center and Deseret Chemical Depot at Fort Douglas, Utah. They were designed to test the effects of biological weapons and chemical weapons on service personnel. They involved unknowing test subjects, and took place on land and at sea via tests conducted upon unwitting US Naval vessels. The existence of the project (along with the related Project SHAD) was categorically denied by the military until May 2000, nearly 40 years later, when a CBS Evening News investigative report produced dramatic revelations about the tests. Medical experiments have been conducted on a large scale on civilians who had not consented to participate. Often, these experiments took place in urban areas in order to test dispersion methods. A San Francisco test involved a U.S. Navy ship that sprayed Serratia marcescens from the bay; it traveled more than 30 miles. A dispersion test involved laboratory personnel disguised as passengers spraying harmless bacteria in Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. A light bulb containing Bacillus globigii was dropped on New York City's subway system; the result was strong enough to affect people prone to illness (also known as Subway Experiment). Had there been a chance of a Wikileaks maybe some involved in the implementation of these situations would have decided against them. To paraphrase, when our government is allowed "to continue willy-nilly" doing whatever it wants without at least some threat of exposure Americans do come to harm. Keep in mind that I've listed things you ought to be able to easily relate to. It is my humble opinion that the frequently used "short sighted, zealotry" of the nationalistic kind, frequently hidden behind the screen of patriotism, is keeping Americans from asking the specific question "Which Americans have been harmed by Wikileaks to the extent the Tuskegee syphilis experiment harmed its subjects, American citizens all?" The answer cannot be found in people who are embarrassed or in the fact that the government will have to create a 21st Century security system. We need to be less outraged about some Australian citizen in Sweden and more outraged that (1) every stupid thing and many harmful things an official does can be hidden and (2) that we, the folks that started this technological revolution, cannot even protect those secrets that ought to be kept secret.