The outrage in Washington and around the world has been loud and steady, although in my opinion a little belated. WikiLeaks has certainly stirred up a hornets nest with almost everyone condemning the release of our classified documents. The Administration assures us that the Justice Department is looking into it and that everyone involved will be brought to justice and prosecuted. Unfortunately, we have heard this promise from the Justice folks before and to date not one of the 9/11 terrorists have had their day in court or received their deserved rewards.
I listened to Eric Holder making a statement in which he tried to come across in a decisive and tough manner. I could not help but remember how this is the same guy that has been telling us for a year that they are getting close to a decision about where to have the trail for KSM (one of the masterminds of 9/11). I could not understand just what is taking so long. It has been half a year since the first WikiLeaks dumps. Maybe they just can not figure out which law is applicable. Well, if that is what is holding things up I have a present for you. Title 18, U.S. Code; Section 793: Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information. This section applies to anyone, anywhere in the world, US Citizen or not. It is a Felony under federal law and will give the FBI and Interpol ample reason for issuing the necessary arrest and extradition papers and bring this clown into US custody.
In case you like to know just what this section says, here are some applicable quotes:
(a) Whoever, for the purpose of obtaining information respecting
the national defense with intent or reason to believe that the
information is to be used to the injury of the United States….
(c) Whoever, for the purpose aforesaid, receives or obtains or
agrees or attempts to receive or obtain from any person, or from
any source whatever, any document, writing, code book, signal book,
sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map,
model, instrument, appliance, or note, of anything connected with
the national defense, knowing or having reason to believe, at the
time he receives or obtains, or agrees or attempts to receive or
obtain it, that it has been or will be obtained, taken, made, or
disposed of by any person contrary to the provisions of this
(e) Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or
control over any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch,
photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model,
instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or
information relating to the national defense which information the
possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the
United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully
communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated,
delivered, or transmitted, or attempts to communicate, deliver,
transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted the
same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains
the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the
United States entitled to receive it; or
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten
years, or both.
(g) If two or more persons conspire to violate any of the
foregoing provisions of this section, and one or more of such
persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each of
the parties to such conspiracy shall be subject to the punishment
provided for the offense which is the object of such conspiracy.
(2) The court, in imposing sentence on a defendant for a
conviction of a violation of this section, shall order that the
defendant forfeit to the United States all property described in
paragraph (1) of this subsection.
O.K., so what’s the hold up? Are they waiting for more classified documents to be released and more lives and careers put in jeopardy? All they need is one valid charge to take Assange out and once in custody Mr. Holder can take his time deciding what more charges to add (after all, he apparently needs 286 charges to get one conviction).
Live Long and Prosper....