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Feinstein Wants To Charge WikiLeaks Founder With Espionage

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Julian Assange headshot, founder and editor of the WikiLeaks website (AP)

Julian Assange headshot, founder and editor of the WikiLeaks website (AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) _ California Senator Dianne Feinstein wants to prosecute Julian Assange for espionage.

In an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee wrote that the founder of WikiLeaks intentionally harmed the U.S. government.

Feinstein said by releasing hundreds of thousands of State Department cables, Assange violated the Espionage Act.

In a statement issued last week, the she called the leaks a serious impediment to frank discussions between U.S. officials and their foreign partners.

Feinstein said the Intelligence Committee is looking at whether legislation is needed to better control the dissemination of classified material.

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