Not surprisingly, the US government made clear it regarded WikiLeaks as a serious threat to its interests from the start, denouncing the release of confidential US cables as a \”criminal act\”.
Umm, it was a criminal act.
Let\’s take the logic of your mate, the Murphmeister. Taxes are whatever Parliament says they are. More than that, they\’re whatever Parliament intended they should be. Not coughing up whatever the tyranny of the majority demands is thus criminal activity.
And now to Congress. They\’ve made a number of laws about what is secret and what is not secret. They\’ve also defined certain releases of certain types of secrets as criminal acts. Thus releasing certain types of secrets is indeed a criminal act.
We can indeed say that actually, there\’s a public interest defense. That the release of certain secrets is so important to the wider world that such criminal activity should be not just forgiven or overlooked but positively welcomed.
OK, let\’s do that. But now we\’ve breached the concept that anything at all that is encoded into law, or even meant to be so encoded, is just and righteous and thus any deviation from it something to be punished as a criminal act. Which when we come to taxes means that perhaps we should be applauding the tax dodging bastards? For by moving offshore, by leaving the country, by arguing vehemently with HMRC, they impose an upper limit on the depredations the politicians can make upon the wallets of the rest of us. Which can be argued to be in the public interest.
Which leaves us with: either the law is the law or there is a public interest defense. And if there is that latter then much of other cases dear to the British left falls apart.