Senate GOP leader: WikiLeaks head a 'terrorist'

Mitch McConnell rips WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, wants him prosecuted for 'enormous damage' done

By Associated Press
December 5, 2010 10:13PM (UTC)
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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2010 file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, speaks during a news conference in London. Assange's legal options narrowed on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 as he lost an appeal against a court order for his arrest and his British lawyer said authorities knew his precise location. (AP Photo/Lennart Preiss, File) (AP)

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is calling the founder of the online site WikiLeaks a "high-tech terrorist" for releasing classified material from the U.S. government.

McConnell says that the online release of secret diplomat exchanges has done "enormous damage" to the country and to its relationship with its allies.


McConnell tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that he hopes WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be prosecuted for the disclosures. And he says that if it's found that Assange hasn't violated the law, then the law should be changed.

Of Assange, McConnell says, "I think the man is a high-tech terrorist."

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