U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, is lending his voice to those calling for someone to pay for what he described as the "despicable" leaking of classified documents to the Wikileaks website, arguing for those responsible to be prosecuted under federal espionage laws.
"The leak of hundreds of thousands by Wikileaks undermines our national security and poses grave and extreme risks to Americans abroad," Buchanan wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.
Holder said Monday the Justice Department might take criminal action against those responsible -- an effort Buchanan said has his "full support."
"It is vitally necessary that these leaks be plugged, and further, that those guilty of this harmful act are severely punished to avoid future leaks jeopardizing national security," Buchanan wrote.
"In addition to heightening tension within the international community and putting ongoing military and intelligence operations at risk, the reckless release of these documents may have deadly consequences for many people, including U.S. civilian and government officials abroad."
Read the whole letter here.
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