Holder: 'Significant' actions taken in WikiLeaks investigation
December 6th, 2010
12:04 PM ET
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Holder: 'Significant' actions taken in WikiLeaks investigation

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that he has authorized "significant" actions related to the criminal investigation of WikiLeaks as the website faces increasing pressure worldwide for publishing sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables.

"National security of the United States has been put at risk," Holder said. "The lives of people who work for the American people have been put at risk. The American people themselves have been put at risk by these actions that I believe are arrogant, misguided and ultimately not helpful in any way. We are doing everything that we can."
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  1. John G

    While I agree with Holder on the seriousness of the issue Holder himself couldn't prosecute himself out of a brown paper bag.

    December 6, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. EG

    "The American people themselves have been put at risk by these actions that I believe are arrogant, misguided and ultimately not helpful in any way."

    This would mean more if Holder had done his job with the last threat we had to National Security, namely the war criminals in the Bush administration. Whether you think what they did was justified, they have since confessed to explicitly carrying out war crimes as defined by US law. Yet, nothing is done. Obama has the right to pardon them of these crimes, if he feels that were extraordinarily justified, but to ignore them and in fact obstruct their investigation (in which Holder is complicit) impacts against our ability to uphold the rule of law and will for some time to come.

    Which is why when I read this story, I can think of nothing but hypocrisy. Get to work, and handle illegal behaviour by your predecessors...then think of Assange.

    December 6, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    When asked what he felt might be appropriate puinishment for those involved, Holder was quoted as saying "he (Assange) will be told he has been a VERY bad boy and will be put in time-out". Upon hearing of these developments, the ACLU is readying a team of attorneys charged with determining the constitutionality of time-outs and whether the Obama administration was out of line in using the term "VERY bad boy".

    December 6, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. Peter s

    Get that scumbag!! he is a threat to the world! Infact he is a criminal hacking government computers is not a career!!

    December 6, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    So it took 8 months and THREE docuemnt dumps before these buffoons decide to do something about it?!! The first two were damaging to the military so that's why these idiots ignored it. But now their buddies in the government are getting eye on their face and that is just toooo much to accept. Or maybe they were just too damn busy suing Arizona and trying to spring terrorists from Gitmo?

    Holder is YET ANOTHER incompetent ideological leftist fool that should be fired!

    December 6, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Dave, Central Illinois

    This is lip service only. Holder wants to get back to prosecuting Arizona for trying to stop the tide of illegal future Dem voters.

    December 6, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. concerned liberal

    @EG – watch out what you wish for – Obama is continuing to order assassination hits in neutral countries and never did shut down prison camps like he promised. Where will he be on your prosecution wish list?

    There was a witch hunt on Clinton, you want one on Bush, some other group will want one on Obama, what else is new?

    December 6, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Dave, Central Illinois
    "This is lip service only. Holder wants to get back to prosecuting Arizona for trying to stop the tide of illegal future Dem voters."
    December 6, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |

    Never ever happen, Bro. Capital needs their cheap labor too much. Have a nice day!

    December 6, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Peter s
    "Get that scumbag!! he is a threat to the world! Infact he is a criminal hacking government computers is not a career!!"
    December 6, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |

    Hmmm.... I'd say that countries that invade other countries who never attacked them, or who organize plots to overthrow their democratically elected governments in order to steal their resources for their rich campaign donors are more of a threat to the world. Have a nice day!

    December 6, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. Jill American

    This Assange WikiLeaks guy looks and acts like nothing more than a punk.

    December 6, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Paul from Phoenix

    Never thought it was possible, but this guy ios actually worse then Alberto Gonzalez. And it isn't even close. His Justice Department is beyond incompetent, with this Wikileaks being the cherry on top. What is he gonna do, hold a trial so the guy can be found not guilty? Seems to be the M.O.

    December 6, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. rachel

    I wonder why no one was calling for Robert Gates to resign since the information was stolen by a private and through a shared cable at the defense department, and the private had a video of soldiers shoot at civilans. I think Holder has proven to be a poor attorney general.

    December 6, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Tim

    Who's in more over their head, Holder or Obama?

    December 6, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I'd like to know if Assange has put anything out there that damages Iran, Russia, China or North Korea. This man should be tried for acts of terrorism. There is no reason to put these documents out there that risk people's lives. They could be used to track people down who's only "crime" as some people see it was acting as a translator for US troops. Where has he done this against other countries that are known supporters of terrorism?

    December 6, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Tim

    It's always prudent to wait a year before you make a decision of this magnitude. That's what all good leaders do.

    December 6, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Peter E

    Have you noticed the total lack of outrage or even interest by foreign leaders in these wikileaks? Do you know why they don't care? It's because there wasn't anything actually surprising or shocking leaked. So the US spies on foreign diplomats... AND??? I would have been shocked if we didn't! So leaders badmouth others behind their backs. They also bad mouth them to the media anyway! So leaders make dirty deals with each-other when cameras aren't watching. Who amongst you was naive to think foreign leaders weren't aware of that already?

    December 6, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |