Graham: Prosecute WikiLeaks
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday
called for the criminal prosecution of Wikileaks, the website that
published classified military documents this week.
Graham, a member of the
Senate Judiciary Committee and a reserve military lawyer, seemed to go further
than other GOP colleagues by calling for the prosecution of Wikileaks itself,
and not just the source of the leaks.
“I’m willing to prosecute
anybody who led to undermining the war effort,” Graham said during an
appearance on Fox News.
“As far as I know, there’s no
immunity for a website to be able to pass on documents,” Graham added,
responding “yes” when asked directly if the website should be prosecuted.
Wikileaks has come under
scrutiny for its decision to publish classified military documents detailing
suspicions that elements within the Pakistani government were coordinating with
the Taliban. These documents led to a full-fledged story in The New York Times,
which has led to angry reactions from many lawmakers, who fear the leak
undercut national security.
Graham’s colleagues — Sen. John
McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Pete King
(R-N.Y.), among others — have called for the prosecution of
whoever leaked the documents, but few have spoken of prosecuting Wikileaks
McCain said Wednesday that he believes whoever leaked the documents to the organization should be punished with a life sentence.
Asked by syndicated conservative radio host Michael Medved if that was an appropriate punishment, McCain replied “Oh, I would think so.”
“We need to go after anyone who was involved in the leak of
classified documents,” Graham said.
Jordan Fabian contributed to this post
This post was updated at 3:28 p.m.
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