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WikiLeaks investigation underway

2010-11-30 10:38:59 GMT2010-11-30 18:38:59 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

The U.S. has an intensive criminal investigation underway into the release of thousands of classified U.S. documents by WikiLeaks. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

Keeping secrets in the 21st century. A raft of classified diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks is putting pressure on the Obama Administration, with US Attorney General Eric Holder vowing to crack down on those involved in releasing US classified documents.

SOUNDBITE: US Attorney General Eric Holder, saying (English):

"There is an active, ongoing criminal investigation that we're conducting with the Department of Defense."

He said Sunday's leak of the classified documents, mostly cables from U.S. embassies around the world, put at risk U.S. diplomats or other individuals assisting the United States.

SOUNDBITE: US Attorney General Eric Holder, saying (English):

"Let me be very clear,. This is not saber rattling, this is as I said an active ongoing investigation. To the extent that we can find anybody who was involved in the breaking of American law and who has put at risk the assets and the pope that I have described they will held responsible, they will be held responsible."

WikiLeaks released 400,000 secret U.S. files on the Iraq war in October and tens of thousands of secret U.S. military documents on the war in Afghanistan in July.

No federal charges have been filed in the WikiLeaks case. The investigation so far has focused on Bradley Manning, a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst in Iraq.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, has said the U.S. investigation is also looking into WikiLeaks itself. Holder made it clear that just because Assange was a foreigner living outside the United States, does not mean he will be immune from prosecution.

Earlier, the White House announced that it has directed government agencies to tighten procedures for handling classified information

(Reuters)

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