While I am not (and cannot be) speaking officially (since it's not my call), I suspect a WikiLeaks Forum might have to get in line behind the
California Missile Sighting Forum and Yeonpyeong Island Shelling Forum.
On a slightly less flippant note, people call for new forums a lot around here, but they're not always the best idea. In fact, isolating topics in a
separate forum more often than not is the "kiss of death" for a subject, because a surprisingly large percentage of members don't follow specialty
forums, even those who have a special interest in such forums. Heck, more than a few times I've even seen people who passionately lobbied for such
forums in the past abandon them over the years.
The decision to create new forums is up to the administrative staff, and they're usually rather reserved about creating them, because let's face it:
dozens of extra forums aren't necessarily going to make information easier to find.
Mind you, I personally used to advocate for new forums and subforums all the time, much to the annoyance of the ownership, I'm sure (they have the
patience of Job). But over time I've come to see the wisdom of the "sink or swim" approach to the various subjects of interest that make headlines
Granted, it's not up to me. Maybe WikiLeaks will indeed prove to be a significant and persistent enough subject to warrant its own forum, and the ATS
brass may create such a forum.
But if they don't, I wouldn't take it the wrong way.
As for massive numbers of threads, they are virtually guaranteed whenever big news hits. Forum mods will, at their discretion, close obvious
duplicates, but what constitutes a duplicate is often a matter of opinion.
Meanwhile, small numbers of very long threads have their own problems, mainly people not reading them and chiming in again and again with the same
comments, which leads to even more of the same.
Ultimately, forums and threads rise or fall based on their popularity with the membership, a phenomenon that is closer to pure democracy than probably
anything else on ATS or the world at large. Hardly perfect, but better than some centralized Ministry Of Truth deciding what you should see.
My tuppence, YMMV.