Holder: WikiLeaks subject of ongoing probe

Nov. 29, 2010 at 2:54 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Justice Department has an active investigation into the publication of sensitive government documents by WikiLeaks, Attorney General Eric Holder said.

"We have an active, ongoing, criminal investigation with regard to this matter," Holder said during a news conference on another matter. "We are not in a position as yet to announce the result of that investigation, but the investigation is ongoing."

During the weekend, WikiLeaks distributed for publication at least 250,000 internal cables from the State Department. WikiLeaks previously released documents from the Pentagon and on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

WikiLeaks' action "puts at risk our national security, but in a more concrete way it puts at risk individuals who are serving this country in a variety of capacities, either as diplomats, as intelligence assets," Holder said. "It puts at risk the relationships that we have with important allies around the world."

Holder did not answer directly a question about whether WikiLeaks should be treated as a news-gathering organization and receive the protections usually afforded to media organizations.

"All I would say is that I condemn the action that it has taken. And I think one can compare the way in which the various news organizations that have been involved in this have acted as opposed to the way in which WikiLeaks has," Holder said. "And I'll let other people decide whether it should be or not."

Topics: Eric Holder
© 2010 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
Ukraine claims Russian offensive on third front
Syrian militants seize Golan Heights border crossing
Major general stripped of title over handling of sexual abuse allegation
Serial stowaway arrested again in Phoenix
Report reveals 1,400 children sexually abused in English town between 1997 and 2013
Trending News