Was it a crime for The New York Times to publish classified documents made public by WikiLeaks? Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) thinks so, and he has asked the Justice Department to open an investigation.
Lieberman, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, told Fox News
Tuesday that he believes WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is guilty of violating the Espionage Act, and suggests that newspaper may be complicit.
"To me, The New York Times has committed at least an act of bad citizenship," Lieberman said. "And whether they've committed a crime, I think that bears very intensive inquiry by the Justice Department."
Lieberman said Assange, who was arrested
Tuesday in England, should be charged with treason in the United States.
"He ought to be indicted and then we can ask the authorities in England to extradite him to the United States," Lieberman said of Assange.
The Times responded in a statement obtained by Forbes
, saying, "We believe that our decision to publish was responsible journalism, legal, and important to a democratic society."
The newspaper has posted an explanation
on its website explaining its thinking in publishing the WikiLeaks documents.