Clinton: Wikileaks may cost lives

2010-12-01 09:48

North Carolina - Former US president Bill Clinton said on Tuesday he expects people to lose their lives over this week's massive leak of diplomatic documents, but doesn't believe the founder of the website that is posting the files has succeeded in evading US authorities.

"I'll be very surprised if some people don't lose their lives," Clinton said in a speech in North Carolina. "And goodness knows how many will lose their careers."

Clinton's wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, has argued that the website WikiLeaks acted illegally in posting the sensitive files.

Bill Clinton said after the event that it's clear that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is trying to evade the reach of American law because he knows what he did was criminal.

"That doesn't mean that he did succeed in evading the reach of American law," Clinton said.

Interpol has put Assange on its most-wanted list after Sweden issued an arrest warrant against him as part of a drawn-out rape probe involving allegations Assange has denied.

Clinton's wide-ranging speech was part of a lecture series hosted by Guilford College in Greensboro. He pushed Democratic leaders to quickly clarify the financial landscape that businesses will be facing in the future so that companies currently sitting on piles of cash will be willing to spend.

"We just need to get in and clean that up," Clinton said. "I'd figure out what it would take for them to start lending again. If it wasn't illegal or immoral, I'd do it."

Clinton is the first US president to take part in Guilford College's Bryan Series.

Other former heads of state who have participated in the talks include Mikhail Gorbachev of Russia in 2004 and Mary Robinson of Ireland in 2006.

  • Gorilla - 2010-12-01 10:09

    Of course peoples lives will be endangered. This Assange bloke can't be that dumb to expect the fallout to be limited to a few blushes. He should be caught, locked up and kept under lock and key for a very long time. blerryfool.

      Hardus - 2010-12-01 10:27

      You shoulod be locked up for being such a douche

      christiedavel - 2010-12-01 10:57

      Gorilla is still in the mist....

      robertgunning - 2010-12-01 11:14

      Apparently you prefer to be lied to rather than know the truth about what is really happening. Ignorance is bliss but the truth will set you free.

      Limpopoist - 2010-12-01 11:26

      Gorilla,you are out of order,we should protest if Assange get caught.I can see now they even make rape claim against him. Gorilla have you ever heared of ILLUMINATI project(enslavement of human kind)infact the total world apartheid.You must visit website ( Alex Jones (radio hots) documentary,zeitgeit movies etc.You will understand why we need that information exposed.You will understand why they say people invest in war,poverty,HIV-AIDS etc.

      SuperCal - 2010-12-01 11:30

      I couldn't agree with you more Gorilla. Assange is a peanut and he will get his comeuppance. There are many people out there who dont have the freedom to talk. They look for help....and he has now sold them down the river. This does not only affect Americans. Stop been so blind...people with families will die. Children will lose their fathers that have tried to make changes in their countries where they are oppressed. Read the leaks then comment. Dont just give your stupid public opinion.

      nuclear - 2010-12-01 12:51

      So Gorilla, you must surely believe that the Protection of Information Bill our Govt wants to push through is right too! Whenever anyone exposes corruption of the powerful, peoples' lives are endangered. Does this mean corruption should not be exposed? If that's the case then VIVA ANC!

      Gorilla - 2010-12-01 13:40

      You guys are like a hysterical bunch old old women. Look up the word "diplomacy" and this prick has just put paid to any positive developments by showing mistrust. What is said behind closed doors is private, I'm sure all of you politiaclly corect peanuts have talked in confidence and behind peoples backs. Illuminati?? Isn't that Santa Claus's brother... oh no hang it's the tooth fairy's auntie... grow up FFS.

  • goyougoodthing - 2010-12-01 11:34

    ""And goodness knows how many will lose their careers." " Wow. Poor people for lying, cheating, killing etc in the name of their own greed.

  • HueyPNewton - 2010-12-01 11:35

    The leaking of those documents is just as dangerous as keeping them secret. Either way lives will be lost. But I much rather prefer lives getting lost for truth than lies.

      Limpopoist - 2010-12-01 12:01

      I salute you,the lives we gonna loose will norish the freedom to next generation"

  • Joy - 2010-12-01 11:55

    at least he had the guts to publish the truth ! everybody who is blushing due to the release of the documents - tough luck - you deserve it !

  • Whitefedup - 2010-12-01 12:11

    it s way overdue that spme oone exposes the usa for what it is.....over confident arrogant and self righteous....I sevred 8 years in AFghanistan until very recently and i will stand by my statementas that usa is the major problem in the owrld with their big brother and self appointed prefct type actions..... like osama says, death to the USA

  • lakhan7 - 2010-12-01 13:49

    Bill Cilton an ass ( he should step out of the limelight now...hasbeen ) . ( he probility started the leak project ). what does the president of the United States of America have to say? BARACK OBAMA ...YEAH!

  • lakhan7 - 2010-12-01 13:54

    Wikileaks will save many Non-American lives. WE - ( the rest of the world ) will know how to defend ourselves against this brutal law breaking ways of the former USA and the CIA. Talk about bad Karma. hahaha ha haha ...( told you I would get you back )

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