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US trying to stop WikiLeaks disclosures

2010-12-19 20:30

Washington - US Vice President Joe Biden says the justice department is looking at what the US can do to stop more document releases from WikiLeaks.

Biden says he won't comment on that process, but has strong words about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Biden says if Assange conspired to get classified documents with a member of the US military, then "that's fundamentally different" than if a reporter were given classified material by a source.

The vice president tells NBC television's Meet the Press that he would argue it's closer to being "a high-tech terrorist" than what happened in the Pentagon Papers - with the 1971 leak of a government study about US involvement in Vietnam.

An army private is suspected of passing classified information to WikiLeaks.

Comments
  • Joe - 2010-12-19 22:35

    I have a suggestion how to stop it: whack Assange, blow up their offices, and pull a 'Cold War' on those left over. Easy!

      Valis - 2010-12-20 09:47

      I wish someone would blow YOU up. Bloody fascist.

  • SaintBruce - 2010-12-19 23:49

    What's wrong with Joe Biden's remarks? Stop Wikileaks from publishing documents leaked from his own government? Crazy - this is smokescreen stuff and tells you the US Govt. and Dept. of Defense etc DONT KNOW JACK! They cannot find the leak with all their Hi-Tech security so they 'go after' Julian Assange - very weird. If you piss off enough secret service guys it is inevitable they will try to embarrass you and good old George W Bush really pissed off very many. Yankees - look inward - the problem is IN your HOUSE not at a radical journalistic expose' - wow - are we expected to be so dumb as to believe Whitehouse political drivel??

      Kwailoh88 - 2010-12-20 06:25

      Hear Hear - It would be great if this exposure of truth can sink the yank once and for all!

      Mr D - 2010-12-20 07:39

      WTF who cares here in SA the same shit happens and nobody cares

      Ingwe - 2010-12-20 08:40

      Hi Saint Bruce your comment "They cannot find the leak with all their Hi-Tech security so they 'go after' Julian Assange - very weird" is incorrect. The USA know who the person is who gave most if not all of these documents to Assange, it is Private First Class Bradley Manning, he has been arrested and charged.

      Valis - 2010-12-20 09:47

      @Ingwe: Even more ignorance! Bradley Manning is only assumed to be the leak. He is being kept in solitary confinement by the military. However, he has NOT been charged with anything. Also, there's this little thing called "presumed innocent until proven guilty". Not that you would know anything about that.

  • Ingwe - 2010-12-20 08:31

    Every country has secrets that are vital to their national interest, not just the USA. Conspiring to obtain and publish these secret documents with someone in the US military that has access to them but is bound by US law not to release them is illegal. I am sure if I managed to get hold of secret South African documents and published them online I would be prosecuted, or worst. The same would happen in any country in the world especially China, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Russia etc. I personally see this as an anti USA thing. I do not see or hear the same people who are defending their right to have access to secret US documents demanding to find out about Russian and Chinese secrets, they are just happy to knock the USA. From an African point of view there should be far more interest in reading about recent Chinese secret documents and cables especially with their current involvement in Africa but that is not going to happen.

      Valis - 2010-12-20 09:44

      You are an idiot. First off, the vast majority of these documents are not even classified, most of the rest are merely classified "confidential", not secret. Second, Julian Assange is a foreign national and is NOT bound by US law. Last but not least, open and transparent government is a sign of democracy and good governance. A secretive government leads straight to fascism (as can be seen from the ANC's attempt to control the media). Another typically ignorant comment from another typically ignorant PDI.

      Zee - 2010-12-20 11:11

      Rather than seeing everyone else as anti-US, maybe you are just pro-US? You seem to post the same comments over and over again - especially regarding China, Iran, Saudi etc. I'm sure there is lots to expose there too and I hope that it surfaces but at least we now all know that the US isn't the saint we think they are either. Wikileaks proves that the media in general is blind.

      The_Masked_1 - 2010-12-20 11:53

      I personally see Wikileaks as a God send. Maybe this type of openness will help stop the lies from Government. Currently the USA have invaded 2 countries under false a pretense and are continuing a war on a civilian population, inc women and children. 90% of deaths are civilians. American and British troops are engaged in the torture and rape of prisoners in a grave breach of the Geneva Convention. In short the UK and USA are acting as terrorists. The government are manipulating a mostly ignorant population through fear with a fantastic propaganda machine. To suggest that wikileaks is responsible for extra deaths is ridiculous.

      Ingwe - 2010-12-20 13:12

      Valis, Zee and The masked 1 you are entitled to your opinions and your anti US stance as I am entitled to my opinions. I just love the way you selectively use what I say (Zee I also mentioned Russia and Israel) to suit your own arguments the same way you all cherry pick what happens in the outside world to suit your anti US stance. I find it laughable that you stoop to name calling, no doubt the swearing will start next. That is the beauty of the western world we can have these debates and disagree, you certainly cannot do that in China. Remember Liu Xiaobo, 10 years in prison, his crime writing a letter to the Chinese government and getting 300 people to sign it.Oh and by the way Valis, Manning has been arrested and charged but I 100% agree with you he is innocent until proven guilty, but he has been charged. Anyway I hope you all have a great day.

      Zee - 2010-12-23 12:25

      Hi Ingwe. If you read my post again you will see that I'm not just anti-US, as I stated in my comment that I hope all of their secrets are exposed too, but I am anti-secrecy and all for complete transparency in government. I believe that we put people in those positions and therefore our interests should always be put first. I don't see how our interests are best kept without transparency. And my etc was meant to include Russia and Israel too (sorry, was too lazy to type!). Hope this clears everything up, I'm not here to engage in flame-wars with anyone or to spew forth meaningless propaganda to support my point - just trying to get my opinion across. Have a great day too!

  • buzzkut - 2010-12-20 10:52

    It's time we found out who's been F**king us all this time! Let them burn i say!

      The_Masked_1 - 2010-12-20 11:56

      Go to google Video and watch this; The War You Don't See - John Pilger. Its over an hour long but excellent stuff.

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