U.S. rep wants WikiLeaks, founder added to banned list

Posted: January 17, 2011 in Uncategorized


In their headlong rush to persecute anyone who does not keep ALL state secrets, the Republicans in Congress fail to discriminate between what is genuinely sensitive, and what has been revealed that should never have been made secret in the first place.

And they fail to see that excessive secret-keeping is a direct threat to democracy.

But then to the hard-core far right conservatives, democracy was never an issue – it is control that is first and foremost, so the anti-democracy aspects of opacity and unaccountability were never really an issue anyway.



U.S. rep wants WikiLeaks, founder added to banned list


Although U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, wants WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, to be added to a special government list of entities and individuals that includes terrorist groups and drug trafficking organizations, the Treasury Department has reportedly declined to do so. King called Wikileaks a “clear and present threat to U.S. national interests,” in a letter to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

King sent the letter on Wednesday, asking that Assange and WikiLeaks be added to the department’s “Specially Designated National and Blocked Persons List,” also known as the SDN List. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, which publishes the SDN List, describes the entities on the list “as individuals and companies owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, targeted countries . . . [as well as] individuals, groups, and entities, such as terrorists and narcotics traffickers designated under programs that are not country-specific.”

On Friday afternoon, a Treasury spokesperson told The Hill that it would not do as King had asked. “We do not have evidence at this time as to Julian Assange or WikiLeaks meeting criteria under which OFAC may designate persons and place them on the SDN list,” according to the news site.


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