WikiLeaks are advocating their secrecy as a source of pride, as a discharge of their responsibilities, but in this case it was not enough. In this instance, the need for secrecy left Manning adrift at the very point when he needed firm guidance. 'Nathaniel', it seems, was not concerned enough in protecting Manning once they had got the secrets from him.
One of the many curious things about Julian Assange is the calibre of supporter he attracts. On LBC yesterday afternoon, we had interviews with a lecturer in South American Studies from Kingston University, and an American management consultant, both of whom were passionate in their support of the Wikileaks founder, and clearly intelligent.