I’ll open with the line TechCrunch opened with, because it summarizes this situation perfectly:
The lawyers never seem to get the fact that some things just aren’t that interesting until they try to force people not to talk about them. And that’s certainly the case with London headquartered Barclays bank, which has fought the UK newspaper The Guardian all week over the publication of internal Barclays Bank documents alleged to detail huge tax avoidance schemes by the company that total more than $16 billion.
It’s really quite simple. Before the lawyers made a stink about this, the documents had been accessed by a grand total of 127 people. Now the WikiLeaks page has been overwhelmed with traffic, and thousands of people have seen the documents. Oops indeed.