Yesterday, Congressman Peter King called on Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute Wikileaks’ founder, Julian Assange. Today, Holder assured reporters that he’s on the case.
Holder emphasized that his office, along with the Department of Defense, is conducting an “active ongoing criminal investigation.”
“To the extent that we can find anybody who was involved in the breaking of American law, and who has put at risk the assets and the people that I have described, they will be held responsible,” Holder said at a press conference this morning. “They will be held accountable.”
It’s unclear which American laws Assange might have broken–King recommended he be prosecuted under the Espionage Act–and the prospective case is further clouded by the fact that Assange is an Australian citizen living in Sweden.
Holder addressed that too, though in the vague terms of an ongoing investigation.
“To the extent there are gaps in our laws, we will move to close those gaps,” he said. “Which is not to say–which is not to say–that anybody at this point because of their citizenship or their residence is not a target or a subject of an investigation that is ongoing.”
King suggested Wikileaks also be declared a Foreign Terrorist Organization–which he said could potentially help with Assange’s extradition. It doesn’t appear the State Department is likely to heed that suggestion, though online poll respondents seem to like it.