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."
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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