• U.S. Struggling to Deal with Crippling Embarrassment Over WikiLeaks Scandal

    Unlike most Americans, after this long holiday weekend — the massive dump that employees of the U.S. State Department are struggling to deal with is unrelated to leftover turkey & stuffing enchiladas. It concerns several hundred thousand of embarrassing diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, and their stench is just as foul

    The disclosure of the cables is sending shudders through the diplomatic establishment, and could strain relations with some countries, influencing international affairs in ways that are impossible to predict.

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and American ambassadors around the world have been contacting foreign officials in recent days to alert them to the expected disclosures. A statement from the White House on Sunday said: "We condemn in the strongest terms the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security information."

    Something obviously needs to be done about this. The United States simply cannot have the world seeing all of its catty IM transcripts in which it laughs with the United Kingdom over the size of Pakistan's ass. But what can we do? Rep. Pete has an idea

    Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.), the incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, called for U.S. officials to get aggressive against WikiLeaks after the website published highly sensitive, classified diplomatic cables that reveal frank assessments of foreign leaders and the war on terror.

    "I am calling on the attorney general and supporting his efforts to fully prosecute WikiLeaks and its founder for violating the Espionage Act. And I'm also calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to declare WikiLeaks a foreign terrorist organization," King said on WNIS radio on Sunday evening.

    Brilliant idea. It would be unthinkable for a small collection of dedicated foreign ideologues led by one charismatic man to elude all U.S. efforts to thwart their plans and bring them to justice after they've been labeled terrorists. Can you even imagine?


    Tags: Hillary Clinton, Homeland Security, House of Representatives, Internet, Julian Assange, Obama Administration, Spying, Terrorism, WikiLeaks

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