31. PUBLIC SERVICE OR PUBLIC MENACE?
Wikileaks—the cloak-and-dagger, semi-anonymous hacker organization—illegally published thousands of secret government documents over the past year. Founder Julian Assange, a self-described “internet activist,” is alternately revered as a free press champion and decried as a criminal and traitor, while Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army private who supplied Wikileaks with data on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is currently in a military prison where he faces charges of treason. Meanwhile, Assange is out on bail after being arrested by Interpol for the alleged sexual assault of two Swedish women. Sounds nefarious to us.