US Asks Allies to Hunt Assange

Wikileaks founder may have worn out his welcome
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2010 9:55 AM CDT
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks during a press conference in London Monday July 26, 2010.   (AP Photo/Lizzie Robinson, PA)

(Newser) – The US has asked Britain, Germany, Australia, and other allies to consider arresting Julian Assange for leaking Afghan war documents. Washington believes Assange’s WikiLeaks, and organizations like it, pose a national security risk, and suspects Assange has worn out his welcome in many countries, officials tell the Daily Beast. “It’s not just our troops that are put in jeopardy by this leaking,” says one diplomatic official, but NATO troops in Afghanistan as well.

The official said that it’s asking those allies to “review whether the actions of WikiLeaks could constitute crimes under their own national security laws.” The US hopes to limit where the nomadic Assange can roam, and discourage his acolytes in the process. A military official also says the US may review its relations with Iceland, since Assange was recently based there.

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