WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange is an obvious security threat to the United States and its allies. The media is reporting on all the leaked documents on the Iraq/Afgahnistan wars and more recently, the State Department’s diplomatic cables. What we’re not hearing is the more grave threat Assange represents if he falls into enemy hands.
So far, the leaked documents are only a small portion of what Assange holds. The leaks have also been redacted to remove identifying information. Assange holds access to the remainder of those stolen State secrets and his versions do not hide the identifying information. What happens if Iran, China, North Korea or other enemies of the United States manage to actually get their hands on Julian Assange? There won’t be any trial, they won’t ask politely, they won’t worry about international implications for torturing him – they will get access to all of the information he holds.
Those documents are now in the control of one person with no checks on that person whatsoever. If he succeeds in defending himself against the sex crimes charges with which he is faced, he goes free. Free for less-benevolent nations to pursue.
The only solution is for Assange to prove the destruction of all of the documents he holds to the satisfaction of the owner, the United States of America. By his own admission, he is in possession of stolen U.S. government property. That, in itself, is a crime. Then giving that property to the New York Times so that they may profit from it is another, for which the Times should be tried. They sold more newspapers because of the leaks and therefor profited from the sale of stolen property. Why has the U.S. Department of Justice not put the Times on notice?
Now a band of hackers under WikiLeaks umbrella have attacked Mastercard in retaliation for the cut-off of funding to Assange. This is directly related to Julian’s blackmail threat that anyone that got in his way would pay a price. Certainly, there are a few crimes in those words and actions as well.
WikiLeaks must be stopped. This is a matter of National security. The Obama administration must make it too risky for major media outlets to release WikiLeaks documents. Make a case against the Guardian, New York Times and others that chose to profit from the sale of stolen U.S. property and hunt down the Mastercard hackers.