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’.