“WikiLeaks is a criminal enterprise”

“Let’s be clear: WikiLeaks is not a news organization; it is a criminal enterprise,” writes conservative Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen today. “Its reason for existence is to obtain classified national security information and disseminate it as widely as possible — including to the United States’ enemies. These actions are likely a violation of the Espionage Act, and they arguably constitute material support for terrorism.”

Thiessen adds:

Assange is a non-U.S. person operating outside the territory of the United States. This means the government has a wide range of options for dealing with him. It can employ not only law enforcement, but also intelligence and military assets, to bring Assange to justice and put his criminal syndicate out of business.

In WaPo’s PostPartisan section, Eva Rodriguez is quick with a response.

“Military assests”? Does Thiessen think we’re going to send in Special Ops to pluck Assange from Iceland, Belgium or Sweden, where he’s known to hang out? Or is he thinking that a drone strike might be more effective or efficient?

It figures it wouldn’t be long before conservative forums across the country rang out with calls to “Bring us the head of Julian Assange.”