GOP leaders are calling for the prosecution of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange following the release of more than 250,000 confidential State Department documents over Thanksgiving weekend.
According to FOX News, Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.), who is the ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, has urged government officials to seek legal action against Assange and designate the Website as a foreign terrorist organization. The organization's most recent release is the latest in a series of major leaks that contain classified foreign policy information.
The new documents expose the United States' dealings with Pakistan, Iran and North Korea. Prior leaks have included information about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"They are engaged in terrorist activity. What they're doing is clearly aiding and abetting terrorist groups," said King, quoted by the news provider. "Either we're serious about this or we're not."
In response to the leaks, President Barack Obama has ordered a government-wide crackdown on access to classified information, according to New York Daily News. Under Obama's directives, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sent out a memo to all Federal agencies on Nov. 29, stressing that workers should only be able to view information that applies to their respective jobs.
Jacob Lew, the OMB director, said that there will be zero tolerance under the new policy. Any government employee who discloses classified information without authorization will be charged as a violator of the law and as a threat to national security.