Holder: 'Significant' actions taken in WikiLeaks investigation
December 6th, 2010
01:47 PM ET

Holder: 'Significant' actions taken in WikiLeaks investigation

Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that he has authorized "significant" actions related to the criminal investigation of WikiLeaks as the website faces increasing pressure worldwide for publishing sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables.

"National security of the United States has been put at risk," Holder said. "The lives of people who work for the American people have been put at risk. The American people themselves have been put at risk by these actions that I believe are arrogant, misguided and ultimately not helpful in any way. We are doing everything that we can."

His comments came as a Swiss bank announced that it had closed the account of Julian Assange, the website's founder, dealing a second financial blow to the site in a matter of days.


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  1. Meatwad

    I hear the sounds of wings on the roof. It's the Tooth Fairy.

    December 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    People of the United States.
    As our Attorney General continues to do noththing but just talk up to this point,the United States Foreign Policy continues to Burn.Apparenty Julian has a Blackmail backup plan if the U.S. continues to interfere with his plans.This is just like a GD James Bond movie.

    December 6, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. J Assange

    if only the US put this much effort into assassinating Osama Bin Laden. On a more serious note, Batman is BRUCE WAYNE. Eat that, secretive capitalist pigs.

    December 6, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. carlos pringle

    They are really hamering this guy. Its just one step from an organized police state.

    December 6, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Well said,carlos. Thank you.

      December 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      it is crazy to see how the goverment acts towards people who just want others to know the truth about what really goes on with our goverments. i'm sure that if the public knew what they were up to, people would finally rise up put a stop to all this political coruption.

      December 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Frank

    Dear Attorney General Holder.
    Why do you see a need to continue an Invetigation.
    We know the Staff SGT. pulled the trigger and Julian A.executed the plan.Where are you continuing the investigation? Bejing,the Kremlin?Where,where and where?
    What?You can't tell us because it's under investigation....

    December 6, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Protoman

    What do all you puppets expect? You keep voting in the two party charade and still expect things to change. This is not your story it's all about those in power.

    December 6, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TexVet

    Take the SOB out now!

    December 6, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      More right-wing bla-bla-bla. How sickening!

      December 6, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    So if I started a company whereby you could blow the whistle on crooked politicians, when you blew that whistle would you then be mad at me?

    December 6, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • pEpE tom

      @phil, FYI (in case your DoubleDumb to know) CORRUPT and CONFIDENTIAL both starts with letter C, but are NOT SYNONYMS!

      December 6, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    Or would you just be mad at me if it was your neighbor that blew the whistle.

    December 6, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. phil

    As long as nobody discloses the locations of our domestic water supplies, they should be safe from terrorist attacks. Right?

    December 6, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dave Sc

    All the stuff we've seen so far reads like something out of People Magazine. All of it obvious, including those "vulnerable" sites throughout the world. All of it looking like something a high-schooler could produce.

    I think someone's playing a double, or triple game here. This might be payback at WikiLeaks for publishing the Afghanistan leak by our very own gov't who have planted all these supposedly "classified" cables on WikiLeaks to provide a "plausible" justification for all of these massively overblown reactions I keep seeing in the media.

    Who says these are actual cables? I have not seen them. This is the INTERNET where everything is faked as far as I am concerned. And it sure is looking like a lot of faked stuff, too.
    If the cables ARE genuine, which I highly doubt, then the people who run our govt – the giant corporations and uber-wealthy – are the ones who fear the truth of what everyone already knows anyway....cause that's all we see in these "cables"...obvious stuff, most of it merely the opinions of one person.

    Nothing really damaging, nothing that harms much of anything, and nothing that causes a single bit of increased risk for anyone other than the publisher. I believe him to be an honorable man who prefers truth instead of lies. I respect his decision to publish and I respect even more his careful "redacting" of these so-called "cables". He isn't tossing this stuff out haphazardly as some would have us think.
    I would trust Mr. Assange more than a great many other people in this world. He is actually doing something concrete for world peace as opposed to keeping the corruption going. That makes him something of a hero in my book. Time will tell if I am right about him and about all these silly leaks, too.

    So, on the one hand it seems more likely to be complete and utter nonsense, and on the other the wild-eyed response means that there might be some embarrassing details in the remaining cables that the REAL controllers of the world do not want coming to light....yet what could it be but more corruption stuff? Like anyone cares about that anymore. Hah.
    People Magazine has pictures, at least.

    December 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I know if no litigation process that permit an officer of the court to engage in crimminal acts. I believe deputy Eric Holden you have legal merit to kill the messenger and bite
      as s-ange's atty on the ar-(s)-e!

      December 6, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      I would not tolerate his atty to issue extortion and threat to the US govt and call it client representation.

      December 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Veritas

    Shut it down b.a.m.n. And a.s.a.p its not good for anything just alot of trouble to disclose all this information. putting global security at risk. not all require transperency

    December 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Denise

    The government is suppose to be "...by the people and for the people". Consider that when reading about this particular topic. Just saying.....

    On another note @ Mmmmmm...I don't particularly care for the GOP holding the middle-class & unemployed hostage in their extortionist bid to keep tax breaks for the very wealthy. Why is THAT tolerated?

    December 6, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Azz-ange ain't by the people or for the people...he is not even an American citizen...wake up Dee-Dee!

      December 6, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. we made our beds

    We mad our beds and now we have to lay on them.

    December 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. phil

    You people would be mad at the guy who showed you that your wife had been cheating on you all these years. You wouldn't even be slightly interested in confronting her or the dude she was sleeping with. in other words, you've been brainwashed.

    December 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • pEpE tom

      One night, I heard an unusual noise inside my dorm mate's bed room. Out of curiosity, I peeped to see what's going on inside. There, I saw a girl sobbing with hand tied and her mouth was wrapped with packing tape. I dialed 911 and reported the situation. The poor girl was rescued and my dorm mate wa charged with abduction. My act was recognised; I was rewarded and my parents, friends and relatives were very proud of me.

      Several months later, as I going to get inside our dorm's men's room, I (again) hear a strange noise inside it. I got inside silently and calmly, then I found out that it was my land lady with the (dorm's) gardener having a s-t-e-a-m-y s-ex inside one of the cubicles. What I did was, I get my phone out of my pocket, filmed and uploaded it in the internet. It has caused a major scandal in the whole dormitory and our land lady was almost killed by her husband when the latter saw it on the net. The investagation was thoroughly conducted and (unfortunately) I was pinned and was found guilty. I was penalized and spent several months in prison and community service. I was in great shame but yet lucky enough to have my family who although was embarassed and disappointed but always there for me.

      Phil, there are things that will come to our knowledge that need to be handled responsibly. But nevertheless, let me commend you for your unweavering support for Assange, you like a family to him.

      December 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
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