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Wikileaks Case May Prove Holder Lied To Congress

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Attorney General Eric Holder could not have been more clear in his sworn testimony before Congress – he had never even heard of a potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material.

JOHNSON: I yield the balance of my time to you.

HOLDER: I would say this with regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material. That is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy. In fact my view is quite the opposite.

Questions have already arisen as to whether that statement constituted perjury given that Holder personally approved a warrant that listed a reporter James Rosen as a co-conspirator. And now the House Judiciary Committee is investigating Holder’s statements.

But there may be another more clear cut case of Holder “hearing of” a potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material – Wikileaks.

If, as has been reported, there is and has been an ongoing case against Julian Assange related to Cabelgate that Attorney General Holder is aware of or involved in then his statement to Congress was a conscious lie. It is important to note the standard Holder himself set with his statement before Congress – that he never even heard of the idea. Which is especially problematic if reports of a grand jury in Virginia looking into prosecuting Wikileaks are true as that in and of itself might invalidate Holder’s statement.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said last week that he had authorized “significant” actions related to a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks’ publication of the cables but has declined to elaborate.

It is getting harder to believe Holder never “heard of” the idea of potentially prosecuting the press for “disclosure of material.” The Cablegate information was also published in the New York Times and McClatchy.

How far has Holder’s criminal investigation against Wikileaks gone? Who were or are the potential defendants? Are any other Cablegate publishers implicated such as the Times and McClatchy? The case against Wikileaks may have stalled or been put on hold due to Julian Assange using the U.K. legal process and then fleeing to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

In the event Assange is extradited to the U.S. he may face a prosecution already setup before Holder testified in front of the House Oversight Committee, making Holder’s statement that he never has “been involved in” or “heard of” a prosecution of a member of the press for disclosure of material a lie.

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Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.

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