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View Poll Results: Should C-D posters be arrested for re-posting Wikileaks info?
Darn tootin'. Lock up the cyber terrorists. 15 15.15%
No way. Let freedom ring. 80 80.81%
Diggedy. Oh, still not sure. 4 4.04%
Voters: 99. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-07-2010, 09:57 AM
 
Location: 3rd rock from the sun
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Someone stole confidential info from the US Gov't. Wikileaks received this info and posted it on the Internet. Some call this akin to espionage & spying. If Assange is arrested then why not people on C-D who cut&paste & re-posted the info? Why would they be any different than Wikileaks? Both are just passing on info that they received.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Imaginary Figment
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No.
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Old 12-07-2010, 09:59 AM
 
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I think it would be the site's problem. They should be policing their site for illegal activity and deleting it and banning users.
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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Surely the right wingers would like to see everyone that airs America's dirty laundry arrested and charged with treason. Just like in a police state.
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:06 AM
 
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I think it would be the site's problem. They should be policing their site for illegal activity and deleting it and banning users.

The term "illegal" would only be applicable in a nation operating under Rule of Law.
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Alameda, CA
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Someone stole confidential info from the US Gov't. Wikileaks received this info and posted it on the Internet. Some call this akin to espionage & spying. If Assange is arrested then why not people on C-D who cut&paste & re-posted the info? Why would they be any different than Wikileaks? Both are just passing on info that they received.
He has not yet been charged with any crime in publishing the information.

From a New York Times article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/08/wo...ewanted=2&_r=1

Justice Department prosecutors have been struggling to find a way to indict Mr. Assange since July, when WikiLeaks made public documents on the war in Afghanistan. But while it is clearly illegal for a government official with a security clearance to give a classified document to WikiLeaks, it is far from clear that it is illegal for the organization to make it public.
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Land of debt and Corruption
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The cat's already out of the bag.

It's like someone stealing the famed recipe for Mrs. Fields cookies and then distributing the recipe. The only person committing a crime would be the person who stole and distributed the recipe, not the people who baked cookies using it.
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:24 AM
 
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if they repost classified information that could get Americans killed they deserve far more than they will get.

if they post something silly that has no dammaging impact to the nation, then it isnt an issue.
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:26 AM
 
Location: North Cackelacky....in the hills.
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Justice Department prosecutors have been struggling to find a way to indict Mr. Assange since July, when WikiLeaks made public documents on the war in Afghanistan. But while it is clearly illegal for a government official with a security clearance to give a classified document to WikiLeaks, it is far from clear that it is illegal for the organization to make it public.
That must just grate on the nerves of some...how DARE it not be illegal to disclose how corrupt the federal government is...
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Old 12-07-2010, 10:29 AM
 
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Someone stole confidential info from the US Gov't. Wikileaks received this info and posted it on the Internet. Some call this akin to espionage & spying. If Assange is arrested then why not people on C-D who cut&paste & re-posted the info? Why would they be any different than Wikileaks? Both are just passing on info that they received.
Is it still illegal if I'm downloading a COPY of copyrighted music?
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