Foreign and Defense Policy, Terrorism

Justice Department Exploring Charges Against Assange, WikiLeaks

julianassangeCommentators on the left are up at arms over my Washington Post column this week, where I called WikliLeaks a criminal enterprise and declared that its founder, Julian Assange, should be indicted for violations of the Espionage Act.

Well, buried at the bottom of this story in Friday’s New York Times on Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ criticisms of WikiLeaks was this fascinating revelation:

[Gates] declined to comment about the investigation beyond noting that he had enlisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist Army investigators, a move that is seen as a precursor to potentially charging people who are not uniformed service members. A person familiar with the investigation has said that Justice Department lawyers are exploring whether Mr. Assange and WikiLeaks could be charged with inducing, or conspiring in, violations of the Espionage Act, a 1917 law that prohibits the unauthorized disclosure of national security information.

Apparently, the Obama administration shares my assessment that WikiLeaks is a criminal enterprise. Indeed, the Justice Department may already have indicted Assange, and sealed the indictment to prevent him from knowing the United States is seeking his arrest.

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