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WikiLeaks Case: Lawbreakers 'Will Be Held Accountable,' Eric Holder Vows

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Sunday's release of thousands of classified U.S. State Department cables by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks was condemned by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday, with Holder promising to prosecute any individual who broke the law.

"To the extent that we can find anybody involved in breaking American law who has put at risk the assets and the people that I have described . . . they will be held responsible," Holder said at a press conference in Washington, ABC News reported. "They will be held accountable."

Clinton called the release of some 250,000 pieces of correspondence "not just an attack on America's foreign policy interests (but) an attack on the international community." She said anyone who applauds the release of the documents is badly mistaken. "There is nothing laudable about endangering innocent people . . . nothing brave about sabotaging peaceful relations between nations," Clinton said.

The New York Times reported that Clinton questioned the motives of those behind the leaks, without naming WikiLeaks. Such disclosures "tear at the fabric" of the proper function of government, she said.

She also stressed that the viewpoints represented in any diplomatic communications were not necessarily those of the U.S. government. "Our official foreign policy is not set through these messages, but here in Washington," she said.

Iran has accused the United States of purposefully allowing the cables to become public. The leaked information reportedly shows that several countries are uneasy about Iran's nuclear program, and many are discussing how to contain it.

Earlier, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) urged Clinton to investigate whether WikiLeaks could be designated a terrorist organization.

In Britain, diplomats were reportedly shocked to learn that as many as 2.5 million U.S. government workers, many of them junior diplomats and soldiers, had access to classified information.


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donaldbrdshw

If anything happens to Julian Assange or Pfc. Bradley Manning for exposing the truth about what is really happeniong in Iraq and Afghanistan, scum like Attorney General Eric Holder should be assasinated. It's time the real perpetrators of 9-11's inside job by the U.S. and Israel governments/intelligence are brought to justice. I just finisned reading Collateral Damage by Chris Hedges and Laila Al-Arian about how the "misguided" United States military is killing innocent civilians and destroying Iraq (and they didn't even mention Afghanistan or the depleted uranium that is contaminating the region). Is it any wonder why an average of 18/day commit suicide from the United States military?

December 01 2010 at 12:07 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Barack Obama

We need more than new laws, we need security for these government cables. The FBI could not wiretap this much stuff at one crack. The government has set itself up for this. Now they accuse some PFC as being the big fish in this, give me a break. Benjamin Franklin said the only way to keep a secret between two people is if one of them is dead. Now we learn there are almost three million government workers with free access to our secrets. Brilliant overpaid government workers. We need a little cloak and dagger James Bond stuff again, no computers for these moron theives. They need to get a grip. It is that simple. One million federal workers have Top Secret clearance. One Million. How do you even dream of keeping top secrets with that many people having access? It is crazy, absolutely crazy. Assange is one guy. We need to arrest the entire three million government workers. We need to stop their pay at the same time. That would sure solve a lot of problems including the economy.

November 30 2010 at 4:55 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
kaderith

The people at WikiLeaks, the traitors who released classified documents, they should all be arrested and tried as Terrorists.. plain and simple. What they are doing is treason, it places our entire country at risk. They should be tried, found guilty, and executed.

November 29 2010 at 10:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
pulsefire

I've read a few of the leaked documents. None of them seemed urgent enough to warrant a cable transmission instead of a courier delivery. Diplomatic couriers travel every day and, by international treaties, the contents of a diplomatic pouch cannot be inspected. We've been monitoring communications between foreign embassies on our soil and their home governments for years. What makes us believe that some of these foreign governments aren't doing the same to us? While I don't condone the disclosures and agree that any American citizen involved in leaking classified material should be tried for espionage, this affair may wake up some of our government agencies. Increase communication security. Stop using a "Secret" stamp on almost every document. Limit access to classified documents so that, according to the Brits and as reported in the article, "as many as 2.5 million U.S. government workers, many of them junior diplomats and soldiers, had access to classified information." Instead of spending time going after Wikileaks, let's spend some time in making sure this never happens again.

November 29 2010 at 10:22 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Thrift Store

Wake up Americans.. Who dod you think leaked theses documents to start to the Times ?? Thats right those in Obama's administration

November 29 2010 at 8:46 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Carl

This is horrible for all people, not just Americans. As a civilains we have no idea what really goes on in Washington and the Embassies around the world. If they find the people that were involved, they should be held for TREASON and get the MAXIUMUM PENALTY by USA law

November 29 2010 at 8:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
lionfight

How can the administration hold people accountable when they allowed this to happen in the first place.......????

November 29 2010 at 7:33 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
Marilyn

Follow the money......who is paying Wikileak? Someone has to be funding this operation and paying for the defense of the soldier who is accused of providing the documents. Find out who is financing this group and why....

November 29 2010 at 6:49 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
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pulsefire

I'd still like to know how a lowly PFC managed to get his hands on so much classified data. Never mind who's paying for his defense. How did he get enough security clearance to even be in the same room with these documents?

November 29 2010 at 10:26 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
tistolaugh

These "leaks" are coming directly from our own government and America should not let Obama, Holder or Congress deflect from that fact.

November 29 2010 at 6:24 PM Report abuse +16 rate up rate down Reply
Tim

Once Wikileaks does this to the Russians life will end very quickly for those involved. Most of the leaks were common knowledge anyway but these guys are real troublemakers and should be dealt with.

November 29 2010 at 6:18 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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