What don’t we understand about this? If Julian Assange and his Wikileaks operation have not perpetrated an act of war against the United States, please supply the definition. He has admitted that it has nothing to do with transparency or the public “right to know”; it is purely an act of war in the name of Assange’s notion of “cosmic justice”, a cover for his anti-American mission. After all, we are already the most open and transparent society in history, but must continually deal in relative confidence with leaders who consistently lie to their own people with impunity, so this is another example of how certain pockets of the American left seem to want to allow the use by our enemies of an American exceptionalism they no longer believe in to defeat us.
I know that there are weaknesses in the Espionage Act of 1917 and that it has been further undermined by the Supreme Court, but we should indict this guy under it anyway and demand extradition immediately. The fact that President Obama has not ordered his feckless Attorney General to do so and has generally shown such a passive reaction to these acts of aggression should be as instructive to us as it is to our allies and enemies worldwide.