United States Designates WikiLeaks As ‘Enemy Of The State’

For Americans in the military, contacting WikiLeaks, or people sympathetic to WikiLeaks, now may be a crime punishable by death, the Sydney Morning Herald reports:

The US military has designated Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as enemies of the United States – the same legal category as the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency.

Declassified US Air Force counter-intelligence documents, released under US freedom-of-information laws, reveal that military personnel who contact WikiLeaks or WikiLeaks supporters may be at risk of being charged with “communicating with the enemy”, a military crime that carries a maximum sentence of death.

The documents, some originally classified “Secret/NoForn” – not releasable to non-US nationals – record a probe by the air force’s Office of Special Investigations into a cyber systems analyst based in Britain who allegedly expressed support for WikiLeaks and attended pro-Assange demonstrations in London.

Mr Assange’s US attorney, Michael Ratner, said…”It appears that Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are the ‘enemy’. An enemy is dealt with under the laws of war, which could include killing, capturing, detaining without trial, etc.”

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  • Ted Heistman

    Cool! We all get to play Winston Smith in our own little drama now! Life was so boring when we all lived in a free country.

    Asange is the new Salmon Rushdie!

  • Ted Heistman

    Cool! We all get to play Winston Smith in our own little drama now! Life was so boring when we all lived in a free country.

    Asange is the new Salmon Rushdie!

  • Anarchy Pony

    Man, fuck this country.

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

      Not with my Tricky Dick.
      But it’s not the whole cuntry
      it’s primarily the asshole 1% and their slaves.
      So F them!
      And everybody else goes free.

      • howiebledsoe

        too true, but how many % we have here that are slaves?

        • Jin The Ninja

          50-60%, possibly more. there are signs, tests, and tells, that can uncover the replicants among us.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    From a few decades of observation, I do believe that being recognized as an “Enemy of the State” (and eventually “Terrorist Organization”) is the first step on the track to receive monetary and military aid from the U.S. Government.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Well, generally you become a terrorist organization or enemy of the state after you have already received aid from uncle sam, and then disobey it.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Well, generally you become a terrorist organization or enemy of the state after you have already received aid from uncle sam, and then disobey it.

      • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

        That does happen.

        But the U.S. Government has a long and distinguished history of propping up “the bad guys”, especially when it’s politically convenient.

        Domestically and Internationally.

      • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

        That does happen.

        But the U.S. Government has a long and distinguished history of propping up “the bad guys”, especially when it’s politically convenient.

        Domestically and Internationally.

        • Anarchy Pony

          But generally they don’t call them bad guys when they are propping them up. Only once they are no longer effective tools.
          What I mean is that they aren’t called bad guys(even though they are)when they are being used.

          • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

            We’ll have to disagree on that.

            Both local law enforcement and the Feds (at home and abroad) have been repeatedly caught supporting (directly or through proxies) or even leading groups that they officially claim to oppose or have “under investigation”.

          • Jin The Ninja

             i think as much as either of you can be, you both are right.

          • Jin The Ninja

             i think as much as either of you can be, you both are right.

  • Nunzio X

    I prefer to be thought of as an ENEMA Of The State.

  • Fred Lamb

    Now that Julian has been designated “enemy of the state” perhaps the pentagon will hire him to leak info on Syria and/or Iran they did hire Al-queda to be rebels in Syria why not hire their other enemies to cut down on overhead and keep the Guantanamo cells open for US citizens.

  • echar

    I am amazed it took so long.

  • echar

    I am amazed it took so long.

  • Haystack

    Remember back in 2001 when they said the go’vt would never abuse its new war powers to target journalists critical of its policies? Well…

  • Infvocuernos

    I wonder if he’s got some drones designated to shadow his ass now.

  • Honu

    Well that’s a heaping pile of bullsh-t.  Wikilieaks doesn’t actually do the hacking, they just distribute. 

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    How about that?!
    Looks like Assange’s paranoia about Uncle Homeland was justified after all.
    Which is why they have to call it:
    The Land of the Free

  • SmokinTokinJokinBrit

    woo “we’re gonna kill you because you tell people about all the civilians we killed, and they weren’t supposed to know goddammit, string him up” 

  • SmokinTokinJokinBrit

    woo “we’re gonna kill you because you tell people about all the civilians we killed, and they weren’t supposed to know goddammit, string him up” 

  • Guest

    Jesus Christ. How about designating the State as an Enemy of the People?

  • http://www.facebook.com/firebrand.central Firebrand Central

    This is ABSURD; I guess anyone who dares to hold the U.S. accountable for their crimes IS a terrorist for challenging its TYRANNY. President Obama, you have shown us that the U.S. Constitution means nothing, and spitting in the faces of our Founding Fathers, and the Framers of the Constitution, is no big deal as long as you have the power. http://www.firebrandcentral.com

    • Anarchy Pony

      Get over the founding fathers. Rich, racist, Anglo-Saxon, land holders who rigged the system to work for them. 
      And the constitution? It’s okay at best.