Lieberman: WikiLeaks Put Lives at Risk, But Isn’t a Terrorist | NBC Connecticut

Lieberman: WikiLeaks Put Lives at Risk, But Isn’t a Terrorist

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    WikiLeaks has put the lives and the freedom of countless Americans at risk by releasing 250,000 classified diplomatic cables, Sen. Joe Lieberman said, but he doubts it’s a terrorist organization.

    Lieberman spoke to Don Imus on Monday about New York Congressman Peter King’s request to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to designate WikiLeaks as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

    “Usually I agree with Peter King, so I’d like to talk with him to see what he has in mind,” Lieberman told Imus. “I’m hesitant … because normally we reserve that designation for groups that fit the traditional definition of terrorists, which is that they’re using violence to achieve a political end.”

    On Sunday, Lieberman called Wikileaks’ disclosure of the cables “nothing less than an attack on the national security of the United States, as well as that of dozens of other countries.”

    While he does not view the site and its management a terrorist organization, he is calling for the site to be shut down.

    “Let there be no doubt: the individuals responsible are going to have blood on their hands. I stand in full support of the Obama Administration’s condemnation of Wikileaks for these disclosures,” Lieberman said. “I also urge the Obama Administration -- both on its own and in cooperation with other responsible governments around the world -- to use all legal means necessary to shut down Wikileaks before it can do more damage by releasing additional cables.”

    Lieberman is also advocating for fewer government officials to gain access to sensitive material, and for some information to be kept secret,

    “As a democracy, our nation has always believed the American people should have access to as much information as possible. But we have also long recognized that -- to keep our country safe -- some information must be kept secret,” Lieberman said. “What Wikileaks is doing is to short-circuit this entire democratic process -- claiming for itself the exclusive, unilateral, and unchecked power to decide what should and shouldn't be made public. This is therefore not only an attack on our national security, but an offense against our democracy and the principle of transparency.”+ 

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