US DoJ May Use Espionage Act To Silence Wikileaks

The US Department of Justice is planning to use the Espionage Act to bring down the whistle blowing website WikiLeaks.

The move follows the posting of around 76,000 confidential US government documents on the Afghan war by the website.

According to The Washington Post, the US Justice Department is considering use of the Espionage Act to prevent WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from posting the remaining 15,000 secret war documents he claims to have, as well as force him to remove those he as already uploaded.

The US government normally uses the Espionage Act to arrest suspected spies working for foreign powers, but the language used in the law is so broad that it has been occasionally used to arrest people with no connection to spying.

The Washington Post highlights that WikiLeaks did not spy on the US to gain access to the documents, but, instead, received them from a US military analyst.

Whether making use of the Espionage Act will silence the site is yet to be seen, especially as Assange has recently signed a deal with the Swedish Pirate Party to host new servers on behalf of Wikileaks.