September 27, 2012 "Brisbane
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
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.
The counter-intelligence investigation focused on whether the
analyst, who had a top-secret security clearance and access to
the US military's Secret Internet Protocol Router network, had
disclosed classified or sensitive information to WikiLeaks
supporters, described as an "anti-US and/or anti-military
The suspected offence was "communicating with the enemy, 104-D",
an article in the US Uniform Code of Military Justice that
prohibits military personnel from "communicating, corresponding
or holding intercourse with the enemy".
The analyst's access to classified information was suspended.
However, the investigators closed the case without laying
charges. The analyst denied leaking information.
Mr Assange remains holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London. He
was granted diplomatic asylum on the grounds that if extradited
to Sweden to be questioned about sexual assault allegations, he
would be at risk of extradition to the US to face espionage or
conspiracy charges arising from the leaking of hundreds of
thousands of secret US military and diplomatic reports.
US Vice-President Joe Biden labelled Mr Assange a "high-tech
terrorist" in December 2010 and US congressional leaders have
called for him to be charged with espionage.
Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee - both once involved in
presidential campaigns - have both urged that Mr Assange be
Mr Assange's US attorney, Michael Ratner, said the designation
of WikiLeaks as an "enemy" had serious implications for the
WikiLeaks publisher if he were to be extradited to the US,
including possible military detention.
US Army private Bradley Manning faces a court martial charged
with aiding the enemy - identified as al-Qaeda - by transmitting
information that, published by WikiLeaks, became available to
Mr Ratner said that under US law it would most likely have been
considered criminal for the US Air Force analyst to communicate
classified material to journalists and publishers, but those
journalists and publishers would not have been considered the
enemy or prosecuted.
"However, in the FOI documents there is no allegation of any
actual communication for publication that would aid an enemy of
the United States such as al-Qaeda, nor are there allegations
that WikiLeaks published such information," he said.
"Almost the entire set of documents is concerned with the
analyst's communications with people close to and supporters of
Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, with the worry that she would
disclose classified documents to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
"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."
The Australian government has repeatedly denied knowledge of any
US intention to charge Mr Assange or seek his extradition.
However, Australian diplomatic cables released to Fairfax Media
under freedom-of-information laws over the past 18 months have
confirmed the continuation of an "unprecedented" US Justice
Department espionage investigation targeting Mr Assange and
The Australian diplomatic reports canvassed the possibility that
the US may eventually seek Mr Assange's extradition on
conspiracy or information-theft-related offences to avoid
extradition problems arising from the nature of espionage as a
political offence and the free-speech protections in the US
Mr Assange is scheduled this morning to speak by video link to a
meeting on his asylum case on the margins of the United Nations
General Assembly in New York. The meeting will be attended by
Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino.
In a separate FOI decision yesterday, the Department of Foreign
Affairs confirmed that the release of Australian diplomatic
cables about WikiLeaks and Mr Assange had been the subject of
extensive consultation with the US.
Brands Julian Assange and WikiLeaks ‘Enemies of the State’
September 27, 2012 "RT" -- Julian Assange and WikiLeaks
have been declared enemies of the United States. Declassified US
Air Force counter-intelligence documents reveal that military
personnel contacting WikiLeaks may face execution for
"communicating with the enemy."
documents, which have been released under American Freedom of
Information laws and
published by WikiLeaks, were originally classified as secret
and not releasable to non-US nationals.
Assange said that the documents have been released just recently
because of their sensitivity for some of the people involved in
documents the “unusual position” and “difficulty”
Assange and his organization face turn completely absurd.
“For example, that the US military should designate me and all
of WikiLeaks as the enemy in its formal investigation, an
investigation that carries a death-penalty offense into a person
who was alleged to have come to my extradition hearing,”
he said. “And in
the same document it speaks about the victim being that of
society, when there is no allegation that any documents have
been released or published by us.”
exemplified the "absurdist, neo-McCarthyist fervor that
exists within some of the government departments in the US,”
wheels have been set in motion, with over a dozen different US
intelligence and investigative organizations turning through
this, Assange said. “Everyone sees that it is completely
absurd and counter to the values the United States should be
trying to present to the world,” he said, urging everyone
to read the files.
files covered a counter-intelligence investigation into a
UK-based cyber systems analyst who allegedly supported WikiLeaks.
The probe was trying to determine whether the analyst had
disclosed any classified data to an "anti-US and/or
anti-military group." She was suspected of breaching
article 104-D of the US Uniform Code of Military Justice, which
outlaws military personnel “holding
intercourse with the enemy.”
however, was closed as the investigators failed to prove the
analyst had leaked any information.
Army Private Bradley Manning was not so lucky, as he could face
execution – though prosecutors have said they won't seek it – to
be decided by a military tribunal, as officials allege that he
aided al-Qaeda by releasing classified documents through
fact that WikiLeaks was treated as an enemy of state would have
serious implications in case Assange is extradited to the US, as
he is likely to face military detention.
“It appears that Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are the 'enemy,'”
Michael Ratner, Assange's US attorney, said.
“An enemy is dealt with under the laws of war,
which could include killing, capturing, detaining without trial,
was once labeled a "high-tech terrorist" by American
Vice President Joe Biden in December 2010, and a number of top
US officials have openly called on the authorities to hunt the
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation … now has, according to
court testimony earlier this year, produced a file of 42,135
pages into WikiLeaks, of which less than 8,000 concern Bradley
Manning,” Assange said
in an address to a panel of UN delegates.
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