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Adding to the political fire directed at Wikileaks after the whistleblower website divulged Afghanistan war secrets, Sen. Charles Schumer on Wednesday said he would add new language to a media shield bill to explicitly prohibit the whistleblower group from federal protections.
The media shield proposal was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in December 2009 and is pending before the Senate.
Schumer is working with the newspaper industry in crafting the new language.
“Neither WikiLeaks, nor its original source for these materials, should be spared in any way from the fullest prosecution possible under the law,” the senator said in a written statement.
Originally posted by plumranch
Usually, Schumer would be doing all he could to protect the anti American faction in the name of the first amendment.
But not this time. Schumer is a true blue American because of the upcoming election!
Originally posted by Iamonlyhuman
As if this bill, passed by the U.S. Congress would have had any impact on the protections of a Swedish website anyway...
Originally posted by MarkLuitzen
Yes you may leak information after a mission or war is over but leaking critical information about an ongoing war or mission is leading to casualties .
If because of the leaked information people die the leaders of the wikileaks website have to be tried for Accessory to murder and be tried as accessory to terrorism dommestic as foreign.
Originally posted by Solasis
They would basically be saying "Only the people we want to be journalists can be journalists" -- the news would be part of the government. Maybe it is now, but at least it ostensibly isn't.