The Wikileaks story is well known, but the problems the model has faced are not unique to the hacktivist movement. The movement sits somewhere between journalism and espionage, and carries with it the central dilemma of those two oldest professions: the balance of trust and paranoia. On a whiteboard in the common room of the university where I studied journalism was scrawled a simple two-word motto, “Be Cynical”. But at some point journalists, hackers and spies must put their trust in someone. Hackers and leakers continue to try to overcome this problem through ever more ingenious encryption methods.