And from the Hacker News discussion, Julian Assange’s central thesis:
The non linear effects of leaks on unjust systems of governance
The more secretive or unjust an organization is, the more leaks induce fear and paranoia in its leadership and planning coterie. This must result in minimization of efficient internal communications mechanisms (an increase in cognitive “secrecy tax”) and consequent system-wide cognitive decline resulting in decreased ability to hold onto power as the environment demands adaption.
See also, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: TPP Leak Confirms the Worst: US Negotiators Still Trying to Trade Away Internet Freedoms.