DDOS, getting cut off from its DNS provider, getting cut off from financial services, “sex by surprise” allegation, and every other attacks against wikileaks combine will not do as much damage to Wikileaks as reports like this:
Paterson [military legal defender for Manning] said that despite WikiLeaks‘ promise to help fund Manning’s legal defense, the organization has not forwarded any funds. CBS News reported last week that WikiLeaks had promised $20,000. But Paterson says that he recently received a brief message from the Wau Holland Foundation in Germany, the main fundraising platform for WikiLeaks, stating that the foundation faces a possible audit by German authorities and that it cannot promise any funds at this time.
As mention in previous posts, the most powerful innovation Wikileaks bring to the table its to radically improved the incentive for potential whistleblowers. This is done by protecting whistleblowers by anonymity and legal defense (thereby reduce cost) and maximizing political impact of leaked information (increase return).
Therefore the best way to destroy Wikileaks is to reverse this improved incentives, either by punishing whistleblowers or silencing Wikileaks. Silencing Wikileaks is impossible. That leaves punishing whistleblower to be the only effective way to attack Wikileaks.
Wikileaks knows this, and they know that the US government knows this. In fact they leaked a document from Army Counterintelligence Center saying exactly that.
In the summery description of that document written by Julian Assange, it states:
Since WikiLeaks uses “trust as a center of gravity by protecting the anonymity and identity of the insiders, leakers or whisteblowers”, the report recommends “The identiﬁcation, exposure, termination of employment, criminal prosecution, legal action against current or former insiders, leakers, or whistlblowers could potentially damage or destroy this center of gravity and deter others considering similar actions from using the Wikileaks.org Web site”.
So stop messing around and raise as much money as possible so the best legal defense money can buy is use to defend Manning.
More on Manning’s condition from Greenwald.