US Attorney General Eric Holder says his Justice Department is now going after WikiLeaks' Julian Assange. On what legal grounds? Truth is, no one's really sure yet.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called WikiLeaks' release of thousands of diplomatic cables and other classified documents "an attack on America" and has accused WikiLeaks of sabotage.
But US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates contradicted Clinton's remarks saying, "I've heard the impact of these releases on our foreign policy described as a meltdown, as a game-changer and so on... I think those descriptions are fairly significantly overwrought. ...Is this embarrassing? Yes. Is it awkward? Yes. Consequences for U.S. foreign policy? I think fairly modest."
Let's get one thing straight: WikiLeaks is a journalistic organization that deserves protection, not prosecution.
Let's tell Attorney General Eric Holder to go after the real criminals, war criminals. His attempts to prosecute WikiLeaks will only amount to shooting the messenger.
- US Attorney General
I urge you to stop what amounts to shooting the messenger by going after WikiLeaks' Julian Assange. The Espionage Act does not apply. Neither do any of our other laws. WikiLeaks is a journalism project, not a terrorist project.
Some of the greatest legal minds of our time have stated publicly what you should already know: No general law of the land makes the disclosure of classified information a crime. Furthermore, the US government has never successfully prosecuted a journalism organization for publishing leaked information.
WikiLeaks' releases contain so many revelations about the true nature of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and your office should be busy prosecuting war criminals, not truth-tellers.
Thank you for your consideration and I urge you again to do the right thing.
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