Wikileaks founder Julian Assange may have to fight two extraditions. Assange, who is currently being detained in London without bail on alleged sexual assault charges, is already fighting extradition to Sweden. If Senator Joe Lieberman has his way, Assange will have to fight extradition to The United States next, for his role in the Wikileaks “Cable Gate Scandal.” One problem though…Wikileaks has not broken any U.S. law. Apparently that doesn’t matter, because Senator Lieberman is planning to just change the law to make Wikileaks illegal!
Lieberman has proposed radical changes to The Espionage Act that would make publication of documents (like the ones found on Wikileaks) illegal. He told Fox News, “I think this is the most serious violation of the Espionage Act in our history,” and has urged US businesses to “immediately terminate” their relationships with the website. Some US businesses have already succumbed to the political pressure. For example, MasterCard and Visa cut off funding to Wikileaks, as did PayPal, admitting pressure from US officials was behind the decision. This decision did not come without consequences though. Today, a hacker group called “Anonymous” launched an attack against MasterCard and Visa that resulted in the two networks crashing. “Anonymous” also attacked the Swiss bank that closed the account of Julian Assange. If all this wasn’t enough, Senator Lieberman has also called for a US Justice Department inquiry into the New York Times‘s role in publishing the leaks, claiming the paper has committed “at least an act of bad citizenship”.