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My Hero: Obama Asks WikiLeaks to Knock It Off

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Posted on August 16 2010 4:00 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.
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Scared about disingenuous foreign troublemakers publicizing government secrets that could get people killed with reckless abandon? Don’t be. The Obama White House is on the case:

Press secretary Robert Gibbs says the leak of some 90,000 secret military documents already has jeopardized the lives of Afghans working with the U.S. and its war allies. Gibbs says the Taliban has declared it will comb the documents for the names of people who have cooperated with international forces in Afghanistan. Interviewed Friday on NBC’s “Today” show, Gibbs said the release of another 15,000 documents reportedly still held by WikiLeaks would do more damage. Gibbs says the White House “can do nothing but implore the person who has the documents not to post any more.”
So, by the Administration’s own admission, people may very well die because of what Assange has done, but we can’t do anything but ask them to stop.
Good to know.
I know that I’m just a lowly right-wing blogger and he’s the messianic commander-in-chief, so far be it from me to tell him how to do his job. I’ll leave that to former Deputy National Counterintelligence Executive Kenneth E. deGraffenreid, who says Assange’s clear endangerment of lives and aid to our enemies are crimes that make him liable for pursuit and apprehension as a spy:
We have a Special Operations Command that can capture Assange anywhere in the world, and bring him to the U.S. where he can be arrested and charged with espionage.
He may not have been a community organizer, and he’s not “sort of God,” but deGraffenreid believes that there’s ample precedent to make the charges stick. I say go for it, and I’ve got another humble suggestion or two:
  • Publicly declare our desire to put Assange in handcuffs should he ever set foot on American soil again
  • Use that Obama goodwill with the international community to urge our allies and the United Nations to take the same position, making it clear that America will remember which nations care about endangering human life and which don’t
  • Look into the possibility of cyber attacks against WikiLeaks
National security experts can and should debate the wisdom and effectiveness of any of the above strategies. But it’s clear, that the Disaster-in-Chief has more options at his disposal than asking enemies of the state to stop committing treason.
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Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.
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