Monday, August 2, 2010

WaPo Calls for Kidnapping on EU Soil to Destroy WikiLeaks

WaPo's Marc A. Thiessen writes:

Let's be clear: WikiLeaks is not a news organization; it is a criminal enterprise. Its reason for existence is to obtain classified national security information and disseminate it as widely as possible -- including to the United States' enemies. These actions are likely a violation of the Espionage Act, and they arguably constitute material support for terrorism. The Web site must be shut down and prevented from releasing more documents -- and its leadership brought to justice...

Assange is a non-U.S. citizen operating outside the territory of the United States. This means the government has a wide range of options for dealing with him. It can employ not only law enforcement but also intelligence and military assets to bring Assange to justice and put his criminal syndicate out of business.

The first step is for the Justice Department to indict Assange. Such an indictment could be sealed to prevent him from knowing that the United States is seeking his arrest. The United States should then work with its international law enforcement partners to apprehend and extradite him...The United States should make clear that it will not tolerate any country -- and particularly NATO allies such as Belgium and Iceland -- providing safe haven for criminals who put the lives of NATO forces at risk.

With appropriate diplomatic pressure, these governments may cooperate in bringing Assange to justice. But if they refuse, the United States can arrest Assange on their territory without their knowledge or approval.


  1. Ummm.. yeah.... Aren't those guys against the Rendition project?

  2. This is no surprise.

    Wikileaks is as anti-establishment as they come. And not only is the Washington Post essentially a house organ for establishment thought, it is also pissed that they suck as journalists and want to continue the fantasy that they are not overpaid hacks.

    In addition to not being able to control the narrative of news, it must be all the more humiliating to know that an operation with little to no money, connections, or people does a better job at gathering information.

  3. I hardly think that the kidnapping of Assange would stop Wikileaks. He's too sharp to have set himself up as the only guy running the organization.

    I'm sure he's already decentralized the organization so that it would easily continue (and probably flourish from the publicity) without him.

    If they kidnap him they simply make him a hero while unintentionally boosting the resolve of the organization.

    Isn't it fun to watch the crumbling of the Nation State?

  4. This is the same way big businesses use regulations to squash smaller competitors that are gaining on them. The big news outlets don't like that Wikileaks is breaking more important news than them, and want to crush the competition.