GOP senator reports hacking attempts after WikiLeaks criticism

GOP senator reports hacking attempts after WikiLeaks criticism

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) reported Saturday that he was facing hacking attempts on "basically every device, every platform, personal and govt" following his recent criticism of WikiLeaks.

Sasse tweeted from his personal account:

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Sasse slammed WikiLeaks this week after the anti-secrecy organization published nearly a gigabyte of classified documents describing CIA cyber operations. Federal officials have reportedly opened a criminal probe into the alleged leak.

"[WikiLeaks head] Julian Assange should spend the rest of his life wearing an orange jumpsuit," Sasse said in a statement on Thursday. "He’s an enemy of the American people and an ally to Vladimir Putin.”

Sasse also sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat House passes concealed carry gun bill Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week MORE questioning whether the Trump administration was "aggressively" pursuing Assange's detention and prosecution.

The GOP senator noted in his letter that White House press secretary Sean Spicer had deferred questions over whether Assange belonged in jail to the Department of Justice at an earlier press conference.

"Frankly, it is amazing that I even have to ask this question of the administration in light of the intelligence community’s formal assessment that Mr. Assange’s website is a known outlet for foreign propaganda and in light of Mr. Assange’s history of recklessly endangering the lives of Americans through his illegal disclosures," Sasse wrote.

Vice President Pence on Thursday told Fox News that the U.S. would pursue those involved in the incident, should the materials published by WikiLeaks prove to be valid CIA documents.

"If proven to be true and confirmed publicly, I can assure you that no resource will be spared in holding those [to] account that have leaked information that could well constitute a compromise of methods and a compromise of national security," Pence said.