WikiLeaks is now connecting Hillary Clinton to spy allegations and the charges shed doubt on the U.S. when it comes to diplomacy and intelligence. On Tuesday, WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange told Time magazine in an online interview that he thinks Hillary Clinton should resign her position as Secretary of State “if it can be shown that she was responsible for ordering U.S. diplomatic figures to engage in espionage in the United Nations, in violation of the international covenants to which the U.S. has signed up.” What is WikiLeaks referring to and what is really behind the activities at the United Nations? USA Today had an eye-opening report in this event.
Hillary Clinton Accused of Spying and Espionage
Former U.S. attorney general, Richard Thornburgh said these revelations are hardly a basis for prosecution against Hillary Clinton. He said that the cables WikiLeak had access to defined a “well understood and universally-accepted” way of handling business.
“It’s embarrassing to see it disclosed in public,” Thornburgh said in USA Today. “But I think you would have a hard time arguing that this (activity) would provide a basis of prosecution.”
That’s not all. Former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff says that diplomats and other foreign officials often gather information on their counterparts and it’s not “out of the ordinary.”
U.S. Diplomacy Process Not Considered “Spying”
“This appears to be what a diplomat does,” says Chertoff. He’s also a former judge who once lead the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. He explained that DNA can be easily obtained with cigarette butts or a strand of hair. None of that requires breaking any laws or agreements among diplomatic officials.
“Nothing I read said that people were being asked to break in someplace,” Chertoff said.
The WikiLeaks allegations directed at Hillary Clinton are proving embarrassing for U.S. officials, but it’s not anything that’s “damning” to the Secretary of State.
Earlier today, White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs called the WikiLeaks accusations of Hillary Clinton were “absurd.”
All these reports by Julian Assange is doing is shedding doubt on U.S. diplomacy and its operation in the United Nations. With high U.S. officials explaining the process of how intelligence works in the way of gathering DNA and personal information, it’s probable that American citizens are wondering why WikiLeaks exposed this information. At least the former officials cleared up any questions that Julian Assange has created in the minds of U.S. individuals when it comes to Hillary Clinton being central in spying allegations.
Source: USA Today