And so far, the Internet has interpreted each of these attacks - correctly, I suspect - as a publicity stunt.
But even if they did bring down Wikileaks, they'd just be shooting the messenger. Leaks have always happened. If you think you can commit something to writing and share it with tens of thousands of people, but not with the world - you're kidding yourself.
When the British ruled the world, we knew this. Which is why our diplomatic communications were couched in, let's say, careful language, so that it would not cause much embarrassment even if it did leak. Apparently the blunt, plain-speaking, tell-it-like-it-is US State Department has forgotten the use of "diplomatic language" in private communication. So here, in the interests of world peace, is a quick refresher:
|foaming at the mouth||distressed|
|demanded the immediate invasion of Iran||proposed an urgent realignment of Shi'ite regional authority structures|
|... using nuclear weapons...||... urgent siliceous realignment...|
|leeringly offered to buy my daughter||expressed a wish for closer familial interaction|
|leeringly offered to buy the president's daughter||... at the highest level|
Your colleagues will know exactly what you mean, but when your memo inevitably winds up on the front page of the New York Times, your interlocutor won't mind as much. With luck, they might even keep talking to you.