But it will surely come as a dash of cold water to the more effusive strands of 1990s cyberlibertarianism
, which held, as Barlow put it, that the Internet was beyond the jurisdiction of national governments, those "weary giants of flesh and steel." (6) Some of those cyberlibertarians dreamed of a worldwide revolution driven by technology that would just kind of, well, happen, without a lot of troublesome preliminaries or complications.
In a moment when investigative journalism is recognizably in crisis, WikiLeaks has emerged as something of a strange bedfellow to a beleaguered industry, one that holds itself up as a champion of principles many journalists hold dear--freedom of information and the sanctity of the source--yet embeds these principles in a framework of cyberlibertarianism
that is frequently at odds with the institutional ethics of journalists and editors.