US Officials Rail Against WikiLeaks’ Assange

Senate Minority Leader Terms Assange 'High Tech Terrorist'

The Sunday morning news show circuit provided a number of opportunities for top US officials and would-be officials to rail against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, with a number of Senators calling for him to be treated as a terrorist.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – KS) termed Assange a “high-tech terrorist,” while presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich declared that Assange needed to be treated as an “enemy combatant.

And while calls for Assange’s execution seem to be a favorite pastime of Republican presidential hopefuls like Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, the condemnation of the whistleblower for embarrassing the US government has been bipartisan, with only a handful of officials declining to speak ill of the revelations.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D – MO) said those involved with WikiLeaks needed to do a “gut check of their patriotism,” despite apparently none of the WikiLeaks leadership actually being Americans (Assange is an Australian citizen in Britain), while former Democratic Vice Presidential candidate and current Sen. Joe Lieberman (I – CT)  convinced to shut down WikiLeaks’ website (which only worked for a few hours) with a threatening phone call.

Sen. Jon Kyl (R – AZ) condemned President Obama for not “acting against” Assange, and Sen. John Ensign (R – NV) has co-sponsored a bill with Sen. Lieberman to provide some means to prosecute Assange, though there seems to be a pretty wide split amongst those who believe Assange should be prosecuted, those who want him detained without charges, and those who want him outright assassinated.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.