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Charging the Wikileaks Leaker with Treason Would Be Absurd

Julian Assange

Julian Assange

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Should Pvt. Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst charged with leaking troves of classified documents to WikiLeaks, be tried for treason?

And what about Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks:  Should he be locked up for something?

Treason is a capital crime, and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, says the death penalty is what Manning deserves. "He put soldiers at risk who are out there fighting for their country," Rogers told a talk-radio host this week. "And he put people who are cooperating with the United States government clearly at risk."

As for Assange, U.S. government lawyers are reportedly looking into whether it might be possible to charge him with espionage.

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