In the wake of a massive disclosure of Guantanamo files by WikiLeaks,
the FBI yesterday served a Grand Jury subpoena in Boston on a Cambridge
resident, compelling his appearance to testify in Alexandria,
Virgina. Alexandria is where a
and determine whether an indictment against them is warranted. The
individual served has been publicly linked to the WikiLeaks case, and it
is highly likely that the Subpoena was issued in connection with that
Notably, the Subopena explicitly indicates that the Grand Jury is investigating possible violations of the Espionage Act (18 U.S.C. 793),
a draconian 1917 law under which no non-government-employee has ever
been convicted for disclosing classified information. The most strident
anti-WikiLeaks politicians -- such as Dianne Feinstein and Newt Gingrich
-- have called for the prosecution of the whistle-blowing group under
this law, and it appears that the Obama DOJ is at least strongly
considering that possibility.
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