Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security Rep. Peter T. King, of New York, re-introduced legislation to give the Department of Justice additional tools to prosecute future disclosures by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and similar organizations.
Known as the 'the shield act,' H.R. 703 (Securing Human Intelligence and Enforcing Lawful Dissemination Act) amends the law to clarify that it is an act of espionage to publish the protected names of American intelligence sources who collaborate with the U.S military or intelligence community, King's statement said.
The congressman previously called on Attorney General Eric Holder to
prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act.
"As international pressure has held back Assange, we now find that his colleagues are planning to spin off a new website called OpenLeaks, dedicated to the same dangerous conduct. These organizations are a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States," King said.