Not buying it, sorry. I don't much care for the term "terrorism" period -- it's one of those ready ways of dehumanizing and cutting off critical thought about vast categories of activity -- but if it's going to be used it should at least apply to things that inspire actual terror in people. Using it in this manner cheapens an already problematic term into total meaninglessness.
And losing access to money on a credit card, and various identification doesn't scare you?
It seriously scares the living shit out of me.
The amount of damage someone can do with just your credit card can literally ruin you for life. There was a reason, back when I was a tech, I had to give a LEGAL disclaimer about what we were going to charge, and how. And you know what? People were like, "Yeah, whatever here." But the moment we asked for their E-mail address, they shut down, immediately worried about losing their stuff.
Oh sure, cancelling the card can stop some of the loss of money, but they will have all the other details you likely up in when you got yourself a credit card. Bank information, SIN (Assuming your society/Government uses that), birth date, location. There's a scary amount of information that credit cards and other pieces of personal data that hackers LOVE to get their hands on, even just a single password and they can get into your computer. And heaven forbid if it has sensitive information.
Just imagine the steps you had to go through to get that Credit Card, and all the information you willingly gave out, and now imagine that information in the hands of young punks who think they know better than you.
And now that these little hackers have your personal information, they're going to sell it to anyone who wants it. From harmless spam advertisers to scam artists to others who may want to target you for some reason.
Also, Callie, from my reading, Assange is coming off as a typical psychopathic individual. I honestly never respected him for what he did with his 'wikileaks' crap.
At first it was like he was reporting stuff from 'water cooler' conversations. You know, you and a couple of the guys/gals bitching about how Todd in Marketing is a total brown noser and the only way he got his job was because he was fucking the boss, or whatever. Seems harmless, right? Well, odds are, Todd would find out and because he's in a higher position than you, all of you are now in the unemployment line. Why? Oh, probably because of some sort of BS about how untrustworthy you were.
And all because you disliked him. Not that it affected your job, or that you were a bad worker, just because you had an opinion about some other guy in the office.
Now, let's take it up to the national scale. You are a diplomat, for Country A, and you have to deal with that slime ball from Country B. Now, you do not like having to deal with this Slime Ball, he always makes you feel sick, but to make sure that your country can get some exports, and pay off it's workers, you need to deal with him. Suddenly, one of your personal, INTERNAL E-mails you sent to another co-worker, which admittedly was not very professional, gets leaked out and Slime Ball gets his hands on it.
Well, now, your country has been screwed. Likely, you're off that job, and with an official reprimand, and likely no longer trusted with high risk jobs. And even worse, because Slime Ball KNOWS about it, he now has more leverage to actually screw your country out of more, because all he has to do is point out how some in the Country A's diplomatic office aren't very professional, and he has no idea if this new guy has been 'tainted'. Or whatever bullshit.
WE DO NOT NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING.
And what gets me is how Assange's group managed to get some of this rather sensitive information? Not all of it was rampant on the internet. A lot of it wouldn't even be allowed outside the building's intranet.
Assange is a traitor and a spy, and I'm surprised no one's tried to have him executed for it.