Politician: Execution OK for Wikileaks source
Republican member of House Intelligence committee says that if guilty, an alleged Wikileaks source, an Army intelligence specialist, should face capital punishment for treason.
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."
transferred from Kuwait to a brig in Quantico, Va.--and has not been charged with treason.with disclosing classified information to people not authorized to receive it and obtaining "more than 150,000 diplomatic cables" from the State Department. He has since been been
Rogers' remarks add to anthat has appeared since from Afghanistan.
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 called 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.)