This just enrages me that this Julian Assange has not been captured, extradited to the United States and prosecuted, but maybe things don't work like that. It's horrendous enough that he's publishing these documents, but I want to know where he's getting them.
Professor Jacobson wrote the best post I've seen on our government's seeming lack of response:
Have we lost our minds? Wikileaks is about hurting us, bringing us down, damaging our relations with others, rendering us impotent. This is not about open government policy, as if Wikileaks went a bit too far on its class project.
Julian Assange should have been indicted by now, and if the law did not allow more punitive measures in this circumstance, then the law should have been changed after the first document dump. Assange is an enemy of our country and should be treated as such.
And as far as I'm concerned, the New York Times, is absolutely contemptible for publishing them. Oh, I know that the foreign papers would publish them anyway, but ...If I'm in charge of the NYT? Would. Not.Get.Published.
John at Powerline says:
Do the diplomatic cables "relate to the national defense"? Some of them certainly seem to. So a criminal prosecution of those involved in the leaks who are within federal jurisdiction (e.g., the New York Times) may be possible. Scott has studied these issues more closely than I have and may have more to say on the subject. The Times explained its rationale for publishing the leaked cables here. The paper's most persuasive argument is that a number of foreign newspapers also have the documents and are sure to publish them, so the Times might as well join in.
(Insert unprintable expletive here). As far as I'm concerned, this is an act of war. Prosecute Assange. Find out the source of the documents leak and prosecute. End this.
(More at Memeorandum)