Bolton: Wikileakers should be charged with Treason

John Bolton says that all those involved with leaking these classified documents should be charged with treason ‘and have the fullest extent of the law thrown at them’. Bolton says that leaking these classified documents is an outrage and will cause ‘incalculable damage to American diplomatic efforts around the world’. As for the company Wikileaks, he says this:

“I think America’s cyber warfare capabilities need practice, and I think they ought to practice on Wikileaks!”

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  • Anonymous

    How did a guy who has been in solitary confinement for 7 months release all these high level docs? magic?? Someone doesn’t want to blame the people at the top. This has to be at least an Asst Undersecretary with such thorough access.

  • Anonymous

    How did a guy who has been in solitary confinement for 7 months release all these high level docs? magic?? Someone doesn’t want to blame the people at the top. This has to be at least an Asst Undersecretary with such thorough access.

    • Planetx

      Because that gay traitor handed it all over to wikileaks at once. Wikileaks has simply been sitting on it, since their sole purpose is damage and embarrass the US–not matter what that rapist Julian says.

      However now that some secrets about Russia and the Russian mafia are out–everyone associated with wikileaks better watch their back. The US may imprison you, but the Russian mafia and the Russian FSB will send you home in boxes a piece at a time–after having some fun with you.

    • Planetx

      Because that gay traitor handed it all over to wikileaks at once. Wikileaks has simply been sitting on it, since their sole purpose is damage and embarrass the US–not matter what that rapist Julian says.

      However now that some secrets about Russia and the Russian mafia are out–everyone associated with wikileaks better watch their back. The US may imprison you, but the Russian mafia and the Russian FSB will send you home in boxes a piece at a time–after having some fun with you.

      • Paulchri

        When someone attempts to expose gvnmt crime, the expected reaction is immediate character assassination by the gvnmt and the media, because there is little difference. They haven’t simply been sitting on it. They have been decoding it, and removing potentially harmful content. That takes time. It would be safer for him to release it all at once, so that he had nothing left to be wanted for. The service that Wiki Leaks is providing is essential to our republic. Our media no longer serves as a check to gvnmt. Therefor alternative media has to pick up the tab. Assange has definitively proven that our gvnmt has committed many war crimes against innocents in foreign countries. Those innocents have nobody else to expose the tyrants for them. If you think that our military should be killing people at random in the streets without any proof of who they even are, then it is people like you that are the biggest threat to our freedom, because a gvnmt who can do this to others will one day do it to us. I think we are seeing examples of this here at home. At least the lead up to it.

      • Anonymous

        Tx, for the info. Wish the Russians good luck. It’s a sure think old “Limp dick” Holder won’t be doing anything.

  • Anonymous

    Hrm…

    I assume that he’s talking about whoever the sources in the US happen to be, since attempting to try foreigners for treason is ridiculous on its face…

    “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. The Congress shall have power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.”

    Do we have two eyewitnesses?

    • Yeah I said ‘WikileakERS’, not the company Wikileaks themselves. If you just push play on the video it should clear that up for you if my title doesn’t do it for ya.

      • Anonymous

        Can’t play it from outside the country.

        • try it now. I switched it Fox News’ version instead of their YouTube version. There shouldn’t be any restrictions on this one.

  • Tyler

    I’m sorry, but I don’t really take Bolton very seriously…especially considering that he said on Freedom Watch the other night that if he didn’t have a problem with the TSA’s gropes. That’s right…I brought that up again…but he deserves to be called out for the facist that he is and/or wants to be.

    • DisturbingBehavior

      I can understand where you come from. I really don’t think Bolton would be good for ANY domestic policy.
      However, I do like someone (like him) who is very bullish on foreign policy. Bolton is a guy who wouldn’t let a foreign representative walk all over the U.S. in a diplomatic negotiation. Many liberals would accept such actions and add additional points to reinforce their opponents position. I don’t think appeasement is even in Bolton’s dictionary.

      • Duke-Jinx

        exactly… he is an expert in his field… maybe the best with his take no BS attitude. However, he just announced he may run for POTUS in 2012. He’s a little too much ‘government’ to be sucessful. Now had he said the TSA should be abolished, and the ‘task’ privatized… he would be looking good.

        • Tyler

          I don’t know how he thinks he stands a chance. I mean…Palin’s the “Mama Grizzly.”

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think this is about Mr. Bolton as much as the leaking of our information that needed to be kept under cover.

      • So it’s not cool for him to get the opportunity to be fascistic to American citizens about security, but if he’s doing it to some other schmucks around the world it’s ok?

        • DisturbingBehavior

          How much power does someone actually have in negotiations? It works both ways. If an agreement can’t be made that’s acceptable to both sides, walk away.
          He’s not someone who I would like as Secretary of State, but he is someone who I would like to see at the state department. He’s the guy who will come out swinging, but needs to have someone there to give him restraint. He’s a guy who has the experience and knowledge dealing with many foreign countries and can understand the tactics they may use.
          My honest opinion is many countries appoint guys like Bolton to diplomatic positions with countries they have huge concerns about. I’m certain many Russian and Chinese diplomats are just as bullish as Bolton.
          I just have a very basic concept, I prefer more Libertarian style government, but a Strong foreign policy. So basically, I do support American interests more than foreign interests. I don’t like it when another government body (i.e. the EU or UN) would try to overreach and tell us what we should do as a nation(The IPCC @ the UN is a great example). The biggest mistake I do see in past foreign relations in regards to the U.S., no more allying with Dictators.

          • My foreign policy position can be summarized pretty easily if speaking in very broad strokes. It may sound simplistic and would lead to complications on the finer points but those, for me, would be resolves in pursuit of the overall philosophy.

            I don’t tell other countries how to govern themselves, they don’t tell me how to govern myself. The only exception would be actually TELLING them not to tell me how to govern myself.

            Bolton strikes me too much as an old school overly zealous/self-righteous kind of guy from the school of thought embracing dollar diplomacy clutched in an iron fist. With heavier emphasis on the fist than dollars.

  • Davidkiser21

    No argument here.

  • Stephen

    The private and any other US personel leaking information injuring national defense and security are guilty of treason – that should be a no-brainer. Assange and his crew of cretinous hacks should be tried for espionage and as war criminals.

    Tragically, the problem is our Commander in Chief doesn’t know we are at war (Overseas Contingency Operation? WTF) – and doesn’t know who our enemy is.

    • Paulchri

      What information has injured national defense? Assange isn’t an American from what I understand, so he can’t commit treason. You could argue that concerning the guy who leaked the information, but I rather view him as a hero. He risked his life to get out vital information about gvnmt crimes. He sent it to Wiki Leaks because our media is basically gvmnt run and won’t touch it. Have you ever heard of the Pentagon Papers leak. Very interesting story, that is not unlike this one. The person who leaked the information went in hiding in fear of being killed by the gvnmt. When it finally got out the court said that it wasn’t a crime. The reason is, because it isn’t a crime to leak information about government crime. As it was then, so is Wiki Leaks sifting through it and removing people’s names and making sure that no harm can come to anyone before they release it. If you think that gvnmt is always good, and should never be exposed or questioned, then I could understand your position.

      • Anonymous

        You obviously did not listen to Mr. Bolton explain that heretofor our diplomats will not enjoy the trust and confidentiality which has allowed them to help keep us safe.

        • Paulchri

          If I believed that they are keeping us safe, then I would agree.

      • KeninMontana

        Just what government crime is being exposed in these diplomatic cables? From what I’ve read of them the lion’s share seem to be frank assessments of foreign leaders and diplomats. I am sure that foreign governments make similar assessments in plain language as well. As to wikileaks redacting information on sensitive documents they have released, are you kidding me? Have you been living under a rock somewhere? Their release of documents on the Iraq and Afghan wars sent people scrambling to protect assets in those countries because they did not redact names and locations. While the release of these diplomatic cables may be embarrassing it does not equal treason or espionage,however the release of the war documents does meet the standard for espionage as far as Assange and his staff go however treason charges are only applicable to the original “leaker”.

        • Paulchri

          Did you see the one of the helicopter pilots frothing at the mouth to kill eight guys on the street, saying that they had AKs and rocket launchers? After they blew them away, and two kids in a van that pulled up to help, they ran over the bodies with a tank and were laughing about it. They then sent the kids they shot to the local police rather than their medial team. It turned out they were two reporters with camera bags. There were no weapons found.

          Two of the guys in that company came home and tried to get the word out about what was going on. Nobody would cover it or listen to them. The one was on the ground at the incident, and the other wasn’t at the event. I started to look for media on this issue of returning vets against the war, and found that there are organizations that have been created. I found one conference video of a bunch of them telling stories about crimes they committed while over there, and how this was standard procedure. The two guys from the company in the video that was leaked said this was just the tip of the iceberg.

          I guess that is the most obvious example. I haven’t been searching for everything that is coming out. As far as I am concerned, I would like to see our Federal Gvnmt made to look like the bunch of evil wicked people they are in the foreign relations arena. I would like to see us pull out of the rest of the freaking world and deal with our own problems. We will probably be taking out Iran, or Korea next. Round and round we go.

      • KeninMontana

        Just what government crime is being exposed in these diplomatic cables? From what I’ve read of them the lion’s share seem to be frank assessments of foreign leaders and diplomats. I am sure that foreign governments make similar assessments in plain language as well. As to wikileaks redacting information on sensitive documents they have released, are you kidding me? Have you been living under a rock somewhere? Their release of documents on the Iraq and Afghan wars sent people scrambling to protect assets in those countries because they did not redact names and locations. While the release of these diplomatic cables may be embarrassing it does not equal treason or espionage,however the release of the war documents does meet the standard for espionage as far as Assange and his staff go however treason charges are only applicable to the original “leaker”.

  • Bolton for Secretary of State, or President, either one I am fully behind him.