Enemy of the state?

Bill would make it possible to try WikiLeaks on espionage charges

Enemy of the state?

U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-New York), chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, has re-introduced legislation that would give the Department of Justice additional tools to prosecute future disclosures by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange or similar organizations.

“The SHIELD Act,” H.R. 703, would amend current law to clarify that it is an act of espionage to publish the protected names of American intelligence sources who collaborate with the U.S military or intelligence community.

“Julian Assange and his associates who have operated and supported WikiLeaks not only damaged U.S. national security with their releases of classified documents, but also placed at risk countless lives, including those of our nation’s intelligence sources around the world,” King said.

“As international pressure has held back Assange, we now find that his colleagues are planning to spin off a new website called OpenLeaks, dedicated to the same dangerous conduct. These organizations are a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States. Julian Assange and his compatriots are enemies of the U.S. and should be prosecuted under the Espionage Act.”