Klobuchar Calls For Tough Punishment Over WikiLeaks

By Adam Thomas, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

ST. PAUL (WCCO/AP) — Thousands of sensitive government documents are now online for the world to see and a Minnesota politician is calling for a tough punishment.

The release of the hundreds of thousands of State Department documents has had explosive consequences, prompting governments around the world to ask whether the United States could be trusted.

“It really tears at the fabric of our government,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar on WCCO Radio.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Chad Hartman Interviews Sen. Klobuchar

The documents, released on the WikiLeaks website, cover diplomatic relationships with governments around the world.

“I do think that we should explore ways to basically make them take this information off the site,” Klobuchar said.

World governments are responding. Israel’s government is using a memo that says King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia pushed for an attack on Iran as proof that even the Arab world views Iran as a threat.

Another diplomatic cable describes French President Nicolas Sarkozy as “thin-skinned and authoritarian.” Afghan President Hamid Karzai is referred to as “an extremely weak man.”

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi is insisting he only throws elegant, dignified soirees at his villas and not wild parties as reportedly described by a Rome-based U.S. diplomat in another memo.

Private Bradley Manning is awaiting trial on charges he leaked information to WikiLeaks. He served in Iraq analyzing intelligence data and was arrested in May.

“A lot of people believe he could get a prison term for the rest of his life and I think that would be appropriate,” Klobuchar said.

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  1. Dsandahl says:

    Politics is pretty amazing to me. I just wonder what the senator’s response would have been during the Bush administration in a similar situation. I would guess it would have focused all sorts of scrutiny and blame on those in charge and emphasized the wonders of free speech on behalf of WikiLeaks.

  2. Ann Galloway says:

    what a joke Sen Klobuchar is. What tears at the fabric of our government is a President and his Administration that lies our country into war, and tortures. Yet Sen Klobuchar refuses to call for Holder to investigate and prosecute either of those crimes. For the last 10 years the US media has refused to do investigative journalism and publishing the truth, so I am glad of Wikileaks, and Julian Assange. At least with the leaks we know how our tax dollars are being used.

    1. Teresa Collins says:

      Which puts our country and troops more at risk?
      The torture our goverment ordered, and had troops from other countries participate in, to citizens from various countries. The indiscrimant killing of civilians including women and children by our Goverment.
      Or the release of info that is already known?
      Bradley Manning is similar to Daniel Ellsburg who leaked the Pentagon Papers. Would Sen Klobuchar also call for Daniel Ellsburg to serve life in prison?

      Klobuchar needs to go back and read the Geneva Convention, unless she subscribes to the Bush Doctrine.

  3. Mark MNtaxwaste says:

    For the first time I am going to support her on something, there is a GOD. These people at Wikileaks have put American, and foreign freedom fighters lives in danger. I myself would like to see them dead.

  4. Chuck Turchick says:

    The hypocrisy of Senator Klobuchar is unbelievable. Last Wednesday, 20 of us met with her on the issue of holding accountable those who authorized, ordered, “legalized” and conspired to commit torture. In the face of public admissions of crimes by a former President, the Senator has never called for accountability for torture. Her response? Leave it up to the Justice Department. And now she calls for life imprisonment for someone who has not been charged with a crime! Unbelievable!

    1. Chuck Turchick says:

      Sorry. My mistake, Mr. Manning has been charged with a crime. But the good Senator’s pre-trial expression of what she feels is an appropriate sentence, while refusing to take a position on accountability for torture, is still a gross inconsistency.

  5. Coleen Rowley says:

    I suppose Amy Klobuchar would have supported the Vietnam War as she does Bush-Cheney’s and Obama’s wars. Shoot the messenger. Would Amy have wanted Daniel Ellsberg to get life in prison too?

  6. Lucia says:

    I’m trying to be civil, since bullying language is supposed to be on the way out. Wars, deceipt and torture have been mentioned. The irony is that governments around the world are prompted “to ask whether the United States could be trusted.” Face it. Senator Klobuchar works for a corrupt establishment. It’s hard for me to believe she works for me or that her objectives include peace on earth and justice for people.

  7. Bob Healy says:

    Why doesn’t Chad Hartman ask Sen Klobuchar the real questions like: Why isn’t the Judiciary Committee calling for Holder to investigate Bush and the Administarion for lieing the US and other countries into illegal wars ?
    Something that has cost us tax payers 3 Trillion Dollars and over 5000 troops death.
    Why didn’t Hartman ask Klobuchar, does it make American safer to know that US tortured civilians and asked troops from other countries to do the same.
    Why didn’t Hartman ask Klobuchar to call for an investigation into the CIA leak of Valerie Plame and the cover up of the disappearance and execution of over 20 scientists in Iraq who were killed so they couldn’t expose Bush’s lie that there was no WMD being worked on in Iraq.
    Seems like the US taxpayers need more Wikileaks and it would be nice to have some Senators and Reps who felt the same.

  8. pavel says:

    These leaks go far beyond keeping governments and their actions transparent. This is political suicide to publish this data. These people are not “patriots”, but misguided stoolies.

  9. Patty Brown says:

    THE U.S. “JUSTICE” SYSTEM HAS EXECUTED INNOCENT AMERICANS AND THE BEST OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS CAN CONJURE UP IS WIKILEAKS “MIGHT” ENDANGER LIVES OR NATIONAL SECURITY.

    THE U.S. “HEALTHCARE” SYSTEM KILLS 48,000 AMERICANS EACH YEAR AND THE BEST OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS CAN CONJURE UP IS WIKILEAKS MIGHT ENDANGER LIVES OR NATIONAL SECURITY.

    THE U.S. “BANKING” SYSTEM HAS CAUSED UNTOLD SUFFERING AROUND THE WORLD AND THE BEST OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS CAN CONJURE UP IS WIKILEAKS MIGHT ENDANGER LIVES OR KILL SOMEONE.

    HOW “EMBARRASSING” TO INVADE COUNTRIES BASED ON LIES KILLING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS AND THEN HEAR ELECTED OFFICIALS DIVERT OUR ATTENTION BY TELLING US WIKILEAKS MIGHT ENDANGER LIVES OR NATIONAL SECURITY.

    THE WRONG PEOPLE ARE IN JAIL.

  10. canarysong5 says:

    Does Senator Klobuchar believe that it would be appropriate to put the New York Times editors in prison for life, as well–and if she had any say about Le Monde, the Guardian, Der Speigel, El Monde and El Pais put them away too? Afterall, people wouldn’t know about what was in Wikileaks if they hadn’t been involved in disseminating the reports. How does a former prosecutor make public statements like Bradley Manning should be put away for life? Aren’t there suppose to be ethics in the legal profession? Bradley Manning was a true patriot letting people know what should not have been done in the name of the United States.

  11. Nigel Parry says:

    From the article’s first line: “Thousands of sensitive government documents are now online for the world to see and a Minnesota politician is calling for a tough punishment….” The fact is that only about 250 had been leaked by Wikileaks at the time this article was written. Adam Thomas, do you do your own research or do you just reprint Klobuchar press releases?

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