Assange has put American interests at risk: US

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has put at risk the interest of the US and other countries and endangered lives of people by releasing some classified documents.

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2010, 10:31 AM IST

Washington: WikiLeaks founder Julian
Assange has put at risk the interest of the US and other
countries and endangered lives of people by releasing some
classified documents, the Obama Administration said on Thursday.

"We believe that what Assange has done in the
aftermath of that leak has put the interests of our country
and others at risk, and put the lives of people who are
reflected in these documents at risk. We haven`t changed our
view," State Department spokesman P J Crowley told reporters
at his daily news conference.

Responding to a question, he agreed with the statement
of Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd that primary
responsibility for the leak existed within the US government.

"We have acknowledged that. It was somebody within our
government, you know, sworn under oath to protect the
Constitution, who violated that oath. We have an individual
under arrest, and that person will be held accountable, you
know, for what we consider is a crime under US law," he said.

Crowley said there is an ongoing investigation in this
regard.

"There is an ongoing investigation within the United
States government on this case, and we have reached no
conclusions as to who beyond one individual is responsible,"
he said.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has had a range of
conversations with world leaders, he said.

"I`m not aware that any of those conversations,
whether with (Australian) Foreign Minister Rudd or any other
leader focused on prosecution Assange.

"She has had a consistent message to world leaders --
some on the phone, some in person -- demonstrating our
commitment to continue to work on -- work with countries on
our mutual interests," Crowley said.

PTI