USAF Legal Office: Family Members Could Be Prosecuted For Accessing WikiLeaks

WL_Hour_Glass_BottomWho ever thought nothing bad could come from reading has never been part of the US Air Force. Or related to someone who is. A recent document from the Air Force Material Command issued that “if a family member of an Air Force employee accesses WikiLeaks on a home computer, the family member may be subject to prosecution for espionage under U.S. Code Title 18 Section 793.” Via Raw Story:

Almost anyone in the United States, and especially soldiers or the families of US Air Force members, could be under the threat of prosecution by the military, according to a recent “guidance” document issued by the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) public affairs office.

The advisory took on new significance Monday as Julian Assange, founder of the secrets peddling website, was in a British court to argue against his extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning in relation to allegations of sexual assault and impropriety.

“Classified information does not automatically become declassified as a result of unauthorized disclosure, and accessing the WikiLeaks site would introduce potentially classified information on unclassified networks,” the Air Force Material Command explained, noting policy well-documented since the start of WikiLeaks’ release of US diplomatic cables.

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  • Anonymous

    Unbelievably stupid. Just utterly stupid. The cats already outta the bag give it a rest you assholes

  • MoralDrift

    Unbelievably stupid. Just utterly stupid. The cats already outta the bag give it a rest you assholes

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      hah! no, they’re going to push all their effort and money into forcing the cat back into the bag, even if they have to shoot the cat first

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    hah! no, they’re going to push all their effort and money into forcing the cat back into the bag, even if they have to shoot the cat first

  • Wes

    Well, then I guess about 10 percent of the population should be tried as spies as well. Because “YOU NEVER KNOW” and I’m sure communism is breeding in your bathroom. This is McCarthy era bullshit. However, this is also seriously ridiculous. It shows how paranoid the air force is. YOU’RE ALL SPIES!

  • Wes

    Well, then I guess about 10 percent of the population should be tried as spies as well. Because “YOU NEVER KNOW” and I’m sure communism is breeding in your bathroom. This is McCarthy era bullshit. However, this is also seriously ridiculous. It shows how paranoid the air force is. YOU’RE ALL SPIES!

  • Hadrian999

    a good organizer could form a movement of disaffected airforce brats to see how far the airforce would go, imagine if 20,000 teenage airforce children access wikileaks

  • Hadrian999

    a good organizer could form a movement of disaffected airforce brats to see how far the airforce would go, imagine if 20,000 teenage airforce children access wikileaks

    • Wes

      they already have, it is probably just a threat they make because that would be almost impossible to enforce

  • Wes

    they already have, it is probably just a threat they make because that would be almost impossible to enforce

  • turbog

    Those in power will use any power they have to stay in power.

  • turbog

    Those in power will use any power they have to stay in power.

  • Anonymous

    Still think the USA is “The land of the free”? Don’t delude yourself, it is not and really never was. It was only free if you were the right race, religion, sexual orientation, and said and believed the “right” things.

  • http://slrman.wordpress.com/ James Smith

    Still think the USA is “The land of the free”? Don’t delude yourself, it is not and really never was. It was only free if you were the right race, religion, sexual orientation, and said and believed the “right” things.

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