Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Hunted By Pentagon Over Massive Leak

June 11th, 2010

(DailyBeast) – Anxious that Wikileaks may be on the verge of publishing a batch of secret State Department cables, investigators are desperately searching for founder Julian Assange. Philip Shenon reports.

Pentagon investigators are trying to determine the whereabouts of the Australian-born founder of the secretive website Wikileaks for fear that he may be about to publish a huge cache of classified State Department cables that, if made public, could do serious damage to national security, government officials tell The Daily Beast.

Philip Shenon
The Daily Beast
Friday, June 11, 2010

The officials acknowledge that even if they found the website founder, Julian Assange, it is not clear what they could do to block publication of the cables on Wikileaks, which is nominally based on a server in Sweden and bills itself as a champion of whistleblowers.

American officials said Pentagon investigators are convinced that Assange is in possession of at least some classified State Department cables leaked by a 22-year-old Army intelligence specialist, Bradley Manning of Potomac, Maryland, who is now in custody in Kuwait.

And given the contents of the cables, the feds have good reason to be concerned.

As The Daily Beast reported June 8, Manning, while posted in Iraq, apparently had special access to cables prepared by diplomats and State Department officials throughout the Middle East, regarding the workings of Arab governments and their leaders, according to an American diplomat.

Full story here.

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4 Responses to “Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Hunted By Pentagon Over Massive Leak”

  1. bob Says:

    national security, haha

  2. Brian D. Hill Says:

    yeah National Security is a big joke anymore and an excuse to suspend the Constitution.

  3. Jerry Alexander Says:

    Why is it that not one of our Politicians have been ask which part(s) of the leaks America should continue to use.
    Each one of them should be made to make a list of thier preferences.

  4. Jerry Alexander Says:

    Make that – Witch Methods should America continue to use?

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