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Senior House Republican says everyone responsible for Wikileaks release should be investigated

By Shailagh Murray
Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), co-author of a bipartisan bill to protect reporters and their confidential sources, said all parties responsible for gathering, distributing and publishing documents released by Wikileaks.org about the Afghanistan war ought to be "thoroughly investigated."

Pence said the revelations in the documents do not change his view of the conflict, nor does he expect a shift in public opinion. "Back home in Indiana, people still remember where the attacks on 9/11 came from," said Pence, the third-ranking House Republican. "I don't believe this release will have a signficant bearing on the sense of my constituents about the justness of this war or the imperative of its successful completion."

Pence did not specify what type of action should be taken against the individuals and organizations involved in the disclosure. But he said the Free Flow of Information Act, which has already passed the House, would provide "no reporter's privilege" in the Wikileaks case. The legislation remains stalled in the Senate.

The act, also known as the "media shield" bill and co-sponsored by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), would allow reporters to refuse to reveal confidential sources in the course of a federal investigation. But there are specific exceptions, including leaks of classified information with the potential of causing "significant and articulable" harm to U.S. national security interests.

"The fact that thousands of classified documents were leaked in clear violation of the law is an outrage and ought to be offensive to every American," Pence said about the Wikileaks papers. "And the publication of those documents by news organizations was wrong."

Pence continued, "It is important as we consider responsible measures to protect the public's right to know, that we recognize that at the federal level when we are dealing with national security, there are matters that are and should remain classified."

By Washington Post Editor  |  July 26, 2010; 5:17 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , National Security  | Tags: wikileaks; mike pence; afghan war leak; afghan war documents; afghanistan war; wikileaks investigation; congress reacts to wikileaks  
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Comments

Pence is right that we remember who attacked us on 9/11--and then Bush proceeded to attack Iraq and 5,000+ Americans died for that. The only thing these documents show damaging to us is the duping of America by Pakistan intelligence and the corrupt Karzai regime. Money flowing everywhere but where it is needed. And we got rid of Saddam? The best check on Iran-and without taking our dollars. Good move, guys. And so it goes.

Posted by: Saint3 | July 27, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

con't: foreign country, imprisoned people without evidence, tortured them, killed some, spied on his own citizens,not to mention the American soldiers that died due to their lies........In a way I find Bush/Cheney and Saddam more similar than not.

Posted by: VoodooScience | July 27, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Personally, i am thankful for Wikileaks as our government has been giving us the "1984" facts since Bush and the neocons got in office. Remember WMD's, Saddam was responsible for 9/11, we are winning in Afganistan, etc. the list goes on and on.....always using the "we can't divulge this for national security reasons" and each time the truth comes out, it is an embarrassment rather than national security. Personally I don't think it was worth one US soldiers life to ouster Saddam, let alone more than died in 9/11. PJCAFE you mention about Sadaam killing and torturing his own people what about Bush? He invaded a

Posted by: VoodooScience | July 27, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Personally, i am thankful for Wikileaks as our government has been giving us the "1984" facts since Bush and the neocons got in office. Remember WMD's, Saddam was responsible for 9/11, we are winning in Afganistan, etc. the list goes on and on.....always using the "we can't divulge this for national security reasons" and each time the truth comes out, it is an embarrassment rather than national security. Personally I don't think it was worth one US soldiers life to ouster Saddam, let alone more than died in 9/11.

Posted by: VoodooScience | July 27, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for apologizing for raping the Washington Post. Your death threat has been reported to the Secret Service for further investigation. Thank you for your time and we look forward to your service.

Posted by: jiji1 | July 27, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the triple post - the system 'hanged' and appeared to not be working. Feel free to delete two of them.

Posted by: lorifromclg | July 27, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

*After* the war crimes/treason trials for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Yoo.
Cheers,
Lori Price
Managing Editor
Citizens For Legitimate Government
http://www.legitgov.org/

Posted by: lorifromclg | July 27, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

*After* the war crimes/treason trials for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Yoo.
Cheers,
Lori Price
Managing Editor
Citizens For Legitimate Government
http://www.legitgov.org/

Posted by: lorifromclg | July 27, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

*After* the war crimes/treason trials for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Yoo.
Cheers,
Lori Price
Managing Editor
Citizens For Legitimate Government
http://www.legitgov.org/

Posted by: lorifromclg | July 27, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Born in Iowa, and a life-long defender of a free press, I applaud the release of the Afghanistan papers as they show governments out of control (Bush and Obama). Wikileak should be applauded for making government transparent, for when there is secrecy (for which there is no excuse) dictatorships arise (Hitler, Pinochet, Bush, etc) and--as warned by Dwight D. Eisenhower in his Farewell Address--we are faced with a rogue military-industrial complex. Each nation must determine its own destiny and unless the people speak out against corruption they deserve the nefarious governments that take over (e.g. Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Chad, etc).

The Wikileak should wake up the USA and demand that the CIA, military, and those responsible for these crimes against humanity be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and if the Department of Justice (DOJ) does not do the right thing, then it is time to impeach its Secretary and those who follow his silence. The USA has an ever-growing black eye in world opinion and the USA continues to grow as the most hated nation on this planet. That saddens me, as I grew up and was educated in the USA, and now I am thoroughly ashamed of the land of my birth. Never did I think we would kill innocent noncombatants, or pay assassins to do the work that is more in keeping with the former Soviet Union or the Third Reich. Has the USA become the Fourth Reich without any conscience? There is no valid reason that any government keeps secrets from its people.

Posted by: arthur_ide | July 27, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

This kind of logic is typical of the neocon republican world view:

"You seem to forget that a monster of a dictator was eliminated from Iraq as a result -- and Iraq is going to continue to stabilize."

OK, stud, saddle up. No, you, mister commentator. You saddle your gear and pack off to, let's see now, how about Korea. Yes, there is another monster to deal with north of the DMZ. But this time, you do it. Don't send off the flower of our youth on another wild goose chase. Semper Fidelis

Posted by: nrringlee | July 27, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

You seem to forget that a monster of a dictator was eliminated from Iraq as a result -- and Iraq is going to continue to stabilize.
That is something that would never have happened with S. Hussein and his cohorts killing and torturing so many of their own people.
They had lived in fear.

However, despite all the positives of stopping the vicious regime of Iraq, granted, there were / are problems.

Posted by: pjcafe | July 27, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I hope the people of Indiana and all of the rest of the World also remember that another country (Iraq)was punished by our incompetent president (George Bush). We should never have been goaded into a war by lies told by Bush/Cheney and the rest of the Republicans much too numerous to mention.

Posted by: racam | July 26, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

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