Things are not going well for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who has gone underground after publishing more than 250,000 secret U.S. government documents. Yesterday the global police agency Interpol issued a “red notice” to assist in the arrest of Assange who is wanted in Sweden on suspicion of sexual crimes.
Last week Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, called for WikiLeaks to be declared a foreign terrorist organization. The latest document dump from WikiLeaks has put “American lives at risk all over the world,” King said. “This is worse even than a physical attack on Americans; it’s worse than a military attack.”
And if this wasn’t enough, Christine Assange, the mother of the Wikileaks founder, said that she is deeply distressed after Interpol issued “Red Notice” alert for her son.Â “He’s my son and I love him and obviously I don’t want him hunted down and jailed,” she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from her home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.Â “A lot of stuff that is written about me and Julian is untrue.”
From cables of King Abdullah asking the U.S. to attack Iran, to senior figures in China describing the regime in North Korea as behaving like a “spoiled child”,Â the release of these documents have shaken up governments throughout the world.Â
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that WikiLeaks acted illegally in posting the material.Â White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the U.S. would not rule out taking action against WikiLeaks.Â Attorney General Eric Holder said the administration would prosecute if violations of federal law are found in an ongoing criminal investigation of the incident.
What is your opinion?Â Is Mr. Assange at terrorist?Â Is the release of these documents a threat to American national security or just a huge embarrassment?Â Did Mr. Assange really believe he could keep releasing these classified documents without any ramifications?
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