A Republican congressman who's a member of the House Intelligence Committee lashed out at Wikileaks this week, saying the Web site's alleged source should be executed for treason.
Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan told a local radio station on Monday (MP3 audio) that he believes that Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence specialist who is suspected of being a source for the document-sharing Web site, should be charged with treason.
When the WHMI interviewer suggested that treason in war is a capital crime, Rogers replied: "Yes, and I would have absolutely, I would support it 100 percent. He put soldiers at risk who are out there fighting for their country, and he put people who are cooperating with the United States government clearly at risk."
Rogers added: "If you have an 18- or 19-year-old over there, you want to get your hands on this private first class yourself. I know I do."
Rogers' remarks add to an
An opinion piece in Tuesday's Washington Post by a former Bush speechwriter called Wikileaks a "criminal enterprise" and asked the U.S. government to employ "intelligence and military assets" to take it offline and nab
And Karl Rove, another Bush aide turned political commentator, asked on Twitter: "Will President Obama stop WikiLeaks--or sit back and do nothing?"
Newsweek has reported that the Taliban has begun to threaten Afghans whose names appear in the leaked documents; over at our sister site, CBSNews.com, chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan the publication of the files a "death sentence for those people." (Assange has denied those allegations, saying there's no evidence innocent people or informants have been harmed.)This article was originally published on CNET.