The United States government is pulling out all the stops to organize a prosecution against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and in comments made on NBC's "Meet The Press" US Vice President Joe Biden depicted Mr. Assange as a "high-tech terrorist." The remarks, as noted
by The Guardian
, represent the most aggressive criticism yet from the Obama White House.
Biden sought to draw the distinction between journalism and the more dangerous brand of espionage the vice president is seeking to hold over Assange.
“If he conspired to get these classified documents with a member of the U.S. military, that’s fundamentally different than if somebody drops on your lap, ‘Here, David, you’re a press person, here is classified material,’” Biden said.
Assange is currently being detained under house arrest bail terms in the UK on rape charges levied against him by the Swedish government. Assange has expressed concern,
according to Britain's Channel 4 News, that the US will attempt to extradite him on espionage charges - and hold him accountable for the large-scale release of secret US communications.
Assange has also suggested that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton resign
, after cables released by WikiLeaks revealed Clinton's push to have American diplomats spy on foreign governments - using the United Nations as a front.
“I would argue that it’s closer to being a high-tech terrorist than, than the Pentagon Papers,” Biden said. “ But look, this guy has, has done things that have damaged and, and put into jeopardy the lives and, and occupations of people in other parts of the world. He’s made it more difficult for us to conduct our, our business with our allies and our friends. For example, in my meetings, you know I meet with most of these world leaders, there is a desire now to meet with me alone rather than have staff in the room. It makes things more cumbersome. And so it is, it has done damage.”