Several Countries — Including U.S. — Considering Legal Action Following Release of Wikileaks Cables
December 1, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News)—Attorney General Eric Holder said yesterday that the U.S. is investigating whether the recent release of government cables violated Washington’s Espionage Act, although it was unclear whether Holder was considering action against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange or Bradley Manning, the Army private suspected of giving the documents to Assange, the UK Guardian reports. Several other countries, including Sweden and Assange’s native Australia, are also considering legal moves against him.
Analysts say it could be difficult to nail Assange for Espionage Act violations, because most of the data released by Wikileaks wasn’t secret, the Guardian reports. Assange’s legal issues in Sweden stem from rape accusations there, which he strongly denies.
Meanwhile, Assange gave a Skype interview to TIME yesterday in which he said that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “should resign if it can be shown that she was responsible for ordering U.S. diplomatic figures to engage in espionage in the United Nations.” During the interview, Assange said Wikileaks is releasing about 80 documents per day, and plans to increase that number as the site develops additional media partners.