House Homeland Security Committee chiarman Rep. Peter King (R – NY) is seeking to impose an embargo on whistleblower organization WikiLeaks, forbidding the non-profit from doing business in the United States and banning all American companies from doing business with them.
The call would put WikiLeaks on the SDN list, which is a nearly 500 page-long list of individuals and groups which the US Treasury Department is sanctioning at any given time. The list chiefly targets terrorists.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange slammed Rep. King’s call today, insisting it was an effort to put a “Cuban-style trade embargo around the truth.” Assange added hat just because his organization “terrorizes” politicians with the release of factual information doesn’t mean they are automatically terrorists.
Officials have been calling for moves against WikiLeaks for months now, and several have called for Assange’s execution. At the same time, there does not appear to be any legal basis for charging Assange with much of anything under US law, nor is there a legal precident for adding WikiLeaks to the SDN list simply for publishing embarrassing documents.
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