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. phil

    Water is EVERY nation's most valuable natural resource. The enemies water supply is ALWAYS considered when planning wars. Why haven't the "terrorists" poisoned our water? Noone of our lakes, rivers, aquaducts, etc. are guarded ya know.

    December 6, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      We heard you Phil, you can stop pi ss ing in the pool and lying the water fine!

      December 6, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    If global security hinges on secrecy, we are all doomed. "Secrecy is the enemy"–John F. Kennedy

    December 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      not secrecy...this is espionage!

      December 6, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    Wake me up when your "terrorists" poison our water.

    December 6, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sburg

    Communism has never come to
    power in a country that was not
    disrupted by war or corruption,
    or both.
    John F. Kennedy like what u said about a police state. ps citizen who gives a !?(@.

    December 6, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sburg

    A nation that is afraid to let its
    people judge the truth and
    falsehood in an open market is a
    nation that is afraid of its people.
    John F. Kennedy how's that for a police state! respect the past leaders of our country Eric holder stay the @!?@ out of the American peoples business.

    December 6, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. T

    Assange must be shot dead!

    December 6, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. scariot

    Nope, he should hang himself in that dead tree!

    December 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    @pe pe Tom...Assange isn't the whistleblower. His wikileaks provides an outlet for whistleblowers, so you should be mad at your fellow Americans who posted on his site. And you should be thankful his site didn't disclose the locations of our domestic water supplies. no doubt your "terrorists" would exploit this info if it were made public.

    December 6, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • pEpE tom

      @ Phil..if you were a radio announcer for a public service anouncement program. And If I will going leak to you the secret (code) combination of my Boss's vault and tell you to announce it on air. Would you do it? Or, if you were my boss and I heard that radio announcer announced the secret (code) combination of your vault. How would you feel? What would be your impression to that announcer?

      December 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    Blaming Assange for what whistleblowers did is like blaming a casino owner for what gamblers did. Stupid.

    December 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. phil

    "They will kill him," said Scaevola. "For he has spoken the truth and when shall a man be permitted to live when he speaks the truth?"

    December 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • pEpE tom

      Then speak the truth, tell those terrorists about our water supplies and let them poison every living creatures who drink from it.

      Like WICKyLEECHs exposing those diplomats as spies making the latter and their families vulnearable targets for those terrorists countries.

      December 6, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pEpE tom

    WOW! what a nice anlogy phil. So if that casino collapses with just 2.5 magnitude quake, then we should blame the construction workers, NOT the Engineers, is that what you mean? Genius?

    December 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sburg

    the point is assange may not be American but he stands for the values of a free society. or do u wanna believe everything the gov tells u. use your head idiot

    December 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • spatty

      Absolutely, I DON'T believe everything my father was TELLING me, as much as I DON'T believe that what he is NOT TELLING me is my damn business.

      December 6, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sburg

    if everybody here is that stupid I'm just going to get the hell out while i still can. maybe your right and the terrorist will get rid of some idiots.

    December 6, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
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      December 6, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mjwilstein

    If you like WikiLeaks, you'll love RickyLeaks:

    December 6, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. phil

    @pe pe Tom...no secret code has been revealed. "...never was a government but that was a liar, a thief and a malefactor."–Tullius Government and military corruption is nothing new. What is new is the scope of today's corrupt world governments. Wikileaks is just providing us with a glimpse of this new reality. There is more to come let me assure you.

    December 7, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
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