Obama weighing criminal action against WikiLeaks principals
By Jonathan S. Landay | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration moved Monday to contain potential damage to U.S. national security from the WikiLeaks release of tens of thousands of sensitive U.S. diplomatic documents and said it might take criminal action against the whistle-blowing Internet site.
The White House directed a government-wide review of guidelines for classified information handling, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered tighter safeguards for U.S. diplomatic communications. Meanwhile, the CIA was assessing harm done to U.S. intelligence operations.
“This is a serious violation of the law,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said. “This is a serious threat to individuals that both carry out and assist our foreign policy.”
Attorney General Eric Holder said that “an active, ongoing criminal investigation” was under way, and he indicated that foreigners associated with WikiLeaks, including its Australian founder, Julian Assange, could be targeted.
“Let me be very clear. It’s not saber-rattling. To the extent that we can find anybody who was involved in the breaking of American law . . . they will be held responsible. They will be held accountable,” Holder said. “To the extent that there are gaps in our laws, we will move to close those gaps, which is not to say that anybody at this point, because of their citizenship or residence, is not a target or a subject of an investigation that is ongoing.”
Holder will also attempt to repeal the law of gravity and rescind evolution for his next bit of wind-mill tilting.
It constantly amazing how dense governmental elites are. Nothing is safe from the net, no dirty deed, no deep dark secret. Information wants to be and will become free. All your data is belonging to us.
Holder may as well order the sea to halt the action of the tides. It’s all ones and zeros to the information age. The digitizing of information means control is illusory. It means security is illusory. Information will now come out on its schedule not on the whim of a supposed gatekeeper.
Holder might as well attempt to bail out the ocean with a thimble for all the good a prosecution of WikiLeaks will do.Just look how massive this last leak was. This is no mere horse escaping the barn ladies and gentlemen, this is an entire stockyard of cattle bursting the fence and stampeding onto the Interstate. Good luck with the one squad car and the radar gun Sheriff Holder, you’ll need it.