Is the “WikiLeaks” leak a crime worthy of the death penalty? It might not sound like it at face value, but Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, makes the case.
In an interview aired on WHMI 93.5 in Livingston, Mich., Rogers makes the case for capital punishment to be applied in the case of Private Bradley Manning, who according to Rogers looks to be guilty of treason in time of war and that is a capital crime worthy of a death sentence.
Rogers explained the root of the problem – there’s exists’ a desire to make everything in government transparent.
“There is a serious and growing problem within the government of this – I call it ‘the culture of disclosure,’ where if you don’t like something or you think you don’t like something,” Rogers said. “In many cases the information that causes the leak is not accurate – is they have such a small portion of the whole picture. It’s hard to make a decision with just one piece of the puzzle, but they do it often and this was the same example.”
But by carrying that “culture of disclosure” to that point, he endangered people and should be charged with treason – if not treason, then murder.
“He releases this information to a third party who they say will make the determination that there is nothing harmful in it,” Rogers continued. “Well, we know for a fact that people will likely be killed because of this information being disclosed. That’s pretty serious. I would absolutely – if they won’t charge him with treason, they ought to charge him with murder.”
But Rogers stuck to his belief that treason was the appropriate charge.
“I argue he should be charged with treason,” Rogers said. “[Y]et to be determined, I think. They’re trying to determine how he – how he disclosed it and the way he did it. I guess there are some qualifiers in there.”
The fallout – it endangers not only U.S. soldiers while in the war zone, but Afghanis that will be there long after the United States leaves.
“Yes, and I would have absolutely – I would support it 100 percent,” Rogers said. “He put soldiers at risk who are out there fighting for their country and he put people who are cooperating with the United States government clearly at risk – them forever. Our soldiers will be out of the combat zone one day. Those folks will never be.”
Rogers WHMI remarks are similar to what the Livingston Daily (Mich.) reported on Aug. 3.
“I argue the death penalty clearly should be considered here,” Rogers said.