Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 |
Dialog: Is WikiLeaks Right Or Wrong?
The latest round of publicizing classified material from WikiLeaks has caused an uproar from both sides of the aisle. Some contend that the information released is on par with treason, while others hail the release of such material as an exposure of how leaders of the world make decisions and what they really think of one another. So is this a good thing or a bad thing? Does leaking these cables hurt relationships among nations or open the door for a new honest approach? Can Julian Assange founder of WikiLeaks be held on charges for the release of these documents?
From The Washington Post:
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the Justice Department and Pentagon are conducting “an active, ongoing criminal investigation.” Others familiar with the probe said the FBI is examining everyone who came into possession of the documents, including those who gave the materials to WikiLeaks and also the organization itself. No charges are imminent, the sources said, and it is unclear whether any will be brought.
Former prosecutors cautioned that prosecutions involving leaked classified information are difficult because the Espionage Act is a 1917 statute that preceded Supreme Court cases that expanded First Amendment protections. The government also would have to persuade another country to turn over Assange, who is outside the United States.
But the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the inquiry is rapidly unfolding, said charges could be filed under the act. Read more
What are your thoughts?