The US foreign policy of “guilty if we say so”, rather than “innocent until proven guilty” continues. Those at the top of the food chain in the states continue to make the rules up as they go along – the rules for their kind of democracy. People and companies are now to be prohibited from doing business with Wikileaks, and Julian Assange. This may cause issues with Julian’s proposed book deals, which are meant to fund his legal costs.
US Rep Wants To Bar Companies from Dealing With Wikileaks
By Ryan Tracy, Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
Washington – (Dow Jones) – U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R., NY), the Republican who chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security, asked Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner Wednesday to prohibit people and companies within the U.S. from doing business with the Wikileaks website that has publicized hundreds of thousands of secret government documents.
King said the prohibition should also extend to Wikileaks’ founder, Julian Assange. Both ought to be placed on the Specially Designated National and Blocked Persons List, which the Treasury Department can use to bar companies and individuals subject to U.S. jurisdiction from conducting business with a given entity, King said.
King noted that some U.S. companies had voluntarily cut off ties to Wikileaks, but that a New York publisher had recently agreed to pay Assange for an autobiography. Assange has said the book fees would help “keep Wikileaks afloat.”
“The U.S. government simply cannot continue its ineffective piecemeal approach of responding in the aftermath of Wikileaks’ damage,” King wrote in a letter to Geithner. “The U.S. government should be making every effort to strangle the viability of Assange’s organization.”
-By Ryan Tracy, Dow Jones Newswires; 202-862-9245; [email protected]
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