The real point here is that the leak doesn't remotely serve any public need. It's pure spite. And it shows exactly how this is a power trip for Assange, not an exercise in democracy - leaving aside my persistent point that not a single bastard elected Assange to anything he's doing.
His (Assange) greatest accomplishment, besides damaging international relations, is going to be an increased security and information restrictions that is going to be way harder to access in the future, even by the normal democratically elected oversight institutions.
As to putting the genie back in the bottle, so to speak, the best solution is to better police the people who have access, and stop them from leaking stuff. That's a far more credible approach here than it was in the Napster analogy you pose.
News at 11:00... the Russian government and Banks in general are corrupt, who would have thought that?
WikiLeaks also has lots of information on corrupt foreign governments (they've specified Russia at the least) and corrupt private businesses (they've specified banks among others) which it has stated it will soon release.
I don't know if the sexual assault charges are legitimate or not, but that is what a court of law is for. If he is innocent, I hope he get cleared of them, if not, I hope he rots in jail for a very long time, People "getting away with murder" because they are headline stuff (c.f. O.J. Simpson) is disgusting.
In my eyes he lost any and all credibility when he compared himself to David Hicks in an interview. That makes him nothing but an attention whore and internet paparazzi in my book.