McCaskill and Graham Call For Prosecution in Wikileaks Case

While the world is reacting to leaks indicating that Saudi Arabia is funding Al Qaeda and Clinton ordered diplomats to engage in espionage, Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have called for the prosecution of those responsible for the leaks.

The leaks also show the Saudis pressuring the United States to attack Iran — once again having the United States do the dirty work for regional interests. Then there is the revelation that Iran smuggled weapons in ambulances to Hezbollah.

Graham insists that the matter is clear “we’re at war . . . If you can prosecute them, let’s try.” McCaskill agreed, stressing “I hope we can find out where this is coming from and go after them with the force of law.”

As with the disclosures of the torture program, some of these disclosures are likely not new information for Senators. Members of the intelligence committees have often been criticized for knowledge of abuses or even crimes in our government without making them public or taking significant action. Thus far, there has not been a single suggestion of public hearings on these allegations — only a demand to prosecute the person responsible for making them public. The problem is that some of this information shows that the public has been given false or misleading information on major policies. I guess this is an example of what Senator Rockefeller said was the harm of media coverage denying the public of its sense of happiness and contentment in their government.

I am a firm believer in the need to maintain secrecy in areas of national security, but some of these leaks raise (again) a growing lack of confidence in Congress in serving as a true check and balance on abuses.

171 thoughts on “McCaskill and Graham Call For Prosecution in Wikileaks Case”

  1. Hillary Clinton, Julian Assange said, “should resign.” Speaking over Skype from an undisclosed location on Tuesday, the WikiLeaks founder was replying to a question by TIME managing editor Richard Stengel over the diplomatic-cable dump that Assange’s organization loosed on the world this past weekend. Stengel had said the U.S. Secretary of State was looking like “the fall guy” in the ensuing controversy, and had asked whether her firing or resignation was an outcome that Assange wanted. “I don’t think it would make much of a difference either way,” Assange said. “But she should resign if it can be shown that she was responsible for ordering U.S. diplomatic figures to engage in espionage in the United Nations, in violation of the international covenants to which the U.S. has signed up. Yes, she should resign over that.”

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  2. If it was would it matter, I mean you have a video of Assange speaking. I know those things can be taken out of context but seeing how nobody can interview him somethings better than nothing.

  3. No It’s Naked Emperor who ever they are. He sites them in his program sometimes.

    Thats why I like to watch videos so I can see the words coming out of peoples mouth instead of reading about it.

  4. Typos galore today… So I’ll just repeat it…

    Who knows how it will all unfold, but the Bank of America information that is to be released is being compared to Enron’s communications.

    It’s being reported that it’s Bank of America, but I don’t know it for a fact…



    Can’t say that I disagree…

    :-), regarding your last statement.

  5. Swarthmore mom,

    I made note of the fact that the Senate just passed its version of the Food Safety bill whereas the House passed their bill last year. I mention this simply to point out how much better organized and hard working the House was under Pelosi’s leadership.

    She ain’t no spring-chicken but I swear if those old men Senators spent less time in the bathroom trying to pee and more time actually working we’d all be better off.

  6. One thing is a certainty in all of this:

    There’s a lot to hide…

    Only a small number of cables have been released, to date. There are thousands and thousands more to come.

    Who knows how it will all unfold but, the Bank of America information that is to be released is being compared to Enron’s communications.

  7. Joe Barton looks like a moron, he’ll do to the administration what Mickey Mouse did in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Screw himself up.

    New blood not fat old bloated steers.

  8. ( – U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu had a message for climate change skeptics during his speech at the National Press Club on Monday saying the U.S. does not need “100 percent certainty” in order to act on climate change.

    The moderator asked Chu, “Among the Republican majority in the House are several fairly vocal climate change skeptics. Given the increasing vocal voices on the climate change debate and criticism of climate change science, do you anticipate that you will be going back to fighting the climate change debate itself rather than pushing for solutions to it?”

  9. From Human Rights First:

    Wikileaks Cables Reveal Deep Repercussions of Bush Torture Policy

    So far, the 251,287 secret State Department cables leaked by Wikileaks have been more embarrassing to the United States than particularly revealing. But one exchange between U.S. and German officials reveals a sad reality about the tangled web woven by the Bush administration when it decided to engage in torture — and highlights how President Obama has kept the U.S. ensnared by that legacy.

    According to this leaked document, the U.S. State Department in 2007 warned Germany that issuance of arrest warrants for CIA officers involved in the kidnapping of an innocent German citizen, Khalid El-Masri, imprisoned for months in Afghanistan and allegedly tortured there would “have a negative impact” on the two countries’ relationship. Indeed, Deputy Chief of Mission John M. Koenig reminded German Deputy National Security Adviser Rolf Nikel that a similar move by Italy, which a year earlier had prosecuted CIA officers for their involvement in the kidnapping from Milan and rendition to Egypt of Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, known as Abu Omar, had “repercussions to U.S.-Italian bilateral relations.”

    According to the cable, which appears to summarize the two officials’ conversation, “The DCM pointed out that our intention was not to threaten Germany, but rather to urge that the German Government weigh carefully at every step of the way the implications for relations with the U.S.”

    In other words, the U.S. was warning Germany not to enforce its own laws against kidnapping and torture, or face serious negative consequences.

    Khalid El-Masri was a German citizen mistakenly detained in Macedonia in late 2003 because his name was similar to that of a suspected al Qaeda terrorist, Khalid al-Masri. The CIA, eager to interrogate an al Qaeda operative, quickly stepped in and rendered El-Masri to its secret prison in Afghanistan known as “the salt pit” for interrogation. El-Masri claims he was beaten, stripped naked, deprived of minimally decent food and water and sodomized at the CIA prison. By April 2004, the CIA realized its agents had caught the wrong man. So more than a month later, they dumped El-Masri late one night on the side of a desolate road in Albania. Starved and disheveled, he was picked up by Albanian guards and eventually reunited with his family.

    In 2005, El-Masri sued the U.S. government for his ordeal. But the Justice Department, in what’s become a regular tactic when confronted with torture allegations, convinced a federal judge to dismiss the case on the grounds that it would reveal sensitive “state secrets.”

    Given this context, it’s not exactly surprising that the State Department, faced a couple of years later with the news that German authorities planned to arrest CIA agents for their role, urged (or threatened) the Germans to refrain. But what the cables highlight is what an awkward, embarrassing, hypocritical and ultimately counterproductive position the whole extraordinary rendition program has boxed the United State into. Not only did the renditions violate international law and in at least some cases lead to the torture of wholly innocent victims, but the Obama administration’s refusal to acknowledge the United States’ role and provide redress has left it stuck in that cramped corner. Now, in order to avoid having to explain why the U.S. government is not investigating the criminal actions of its own officials, and why the U.S. repeatedly uses the “state secrets” defense to quash individual attempts at accountability, the United States has to quietly strong-arm its allies into not enforcing their own laws.

  10. The global warming refuters will get their day now.

    we’ve been having our day since the leaked e-mails last year.

  11. Elaine: Barton is a shill for the oil companies. John Shimkus from Illinois is even worse. Henry Waxman will no longer be chairman. He believes in global warming. That is a bad thing to a republican. The global warming refuters will get their day now.

  12. It is in the article but it seems unimaginable. At least he isn’t a democrat. You know now that Pelosi isn’t speaker we have moved to the left.

  13. Elaine: I didn’t realize that King was chairing the Homeland Security committee now.

  14. From Think Progress (11/30/2010)
    Bush Speechwriter Marc Thiessen Suggests Invading U.S.-Allied Nations To Capture WikiLeaks Founder

    Conservative outrage over the WikiLeaks release of secret State Department cables has reached a fever pitch, with Rep. Pete King (R-NY) — who will chair the Homeland Security Committee in the new Congress — demanding the group be declared a terrorist organization. Former GOP Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum echoed King yesterday, saying WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is guilty of “terrorism,” while a number of Republican lawmakers have called for treason charges against suspected leaker Bradley Manning. Meanwhile, a number of conservative figures have fantasized about committing bodily harm to Assange.

    But former Bush speechwriter-cum-leading torture advocate Marc Thiessen took this outrage to comic heights last night on Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show. Proving that neoconservatives never miss an opportunity to call for war, Thiessen suggested that if diplomacy fails to capture Assange, the U.S. should “go and get him” — with or without his host country’s permission:

    THIESSEN: There are plenty of tools at our disposal. … But failing that, we can act unilaterally. We can go and get him without another country’s permission. We did it with General Noriega — there’s authority within the Office of Legal Counsel and that we can go and take anybody anywhere in the world.

  15. Blouise hold on to your hat next Tues/Wednesday, that is if the current model forecast is correct.

    1250 PM EST TUE NOV 30 2010



    Pay attention to this page and watch the long term discussion next few days.

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