This is an interesting article and makes for a good read and so I recommend that anyone with the time go ahead and read it. Unfortunately the author makes some lame conclusions here and there, for example:
The Web site’s strengths—its near-total imperviousness to lawsuits and government harassment—make it an instrument for good in societies where the laws are unjust. But, unlike authoritarian regimes, democratic governments hold secrets largely because citizens agree that they should, in order to protect legitimate policy. In liberal societies, the site’s strengths are its weaknesses. Lawsuits, if they are fair, are a form of deterrence against abuse.
The author apparently has no idea of the amount of corruption at work in the U.S. establishment which owns our government. But in a land of corporate conformists what can you expect. It's still an interesting article.
I especially like Assange's descriptions of the journalistic process as "a craven sucking up to official sources to imbue the eventual story with some kind of official basis” and also his description of a physics conference as "sniveling fearful conformists of woefully, woefully inferior character."
Read the entire article at The New Yorker.