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Former ambassador: Leaked documents 'high treason'

Posted November 30, 2010

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— Raleigh lawyer Jim Cain, a former U.S. ambassador to Denmark, on Tuesday called the release of classified U.S. State Department documents treason.

More than 250,000 documents were published over the weekend by the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks. Some of the documents included unflattering assessments of world leaders that embarrassed the administration of President Barack Obama.

Cain, who served as ambassador from 2005 until last year, said some messages he wrote were among the documents released. The documents related to Denmark's involvement in the war in Afghanistan and included his candid analysis of rising political leaders in the country, he said.

Jim Cain Former ambassador: Leaked documents 'high treason'

"The cables I wrote, they were written for the president, and they're to guide the president on his decision-making," he said. "If you disclose those publicly, it can do severe damage to our national security and is, in my opinion, high treason."

Cain said his job was largely about building relationships in Denmark to benefit the U.S., and he said he hopes Wikileaks won't compromise those relationships for current and future ambassadors.

Before being named ambassador, Cain served as president of the Carolina Hurricanes from 1999 to 2002, and he now works at the Kilpatrick Stockton law firm.


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  • whatusay Dec 1, 2010

    Hillary Clinton is probably paranoid now that her tactics of digging up "dirt" on foreign diplomats and using it to black-mail them has been discovered. She has used this type tactics since she found she could use the CIA to do her dirty work when Bill was president.

  • Sherlock Dec 1, 2010

    If you did not want it to be heard why did you say it in a written message. Your just ashamed of the truth. We want an open government not really it just something to tell the masses. Letting this information out is great it show the world how will feel about others and what would you be saying if another country had their info leaked out, you would jump on it. The Sect. of State wants to steal id information on the UN. Still do not understand why she wants the Freq. Flyer miles is she short on hers??

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Nov 30, 2010

    It sure is...

  • Leonardo Nov 30, 2010

    I'm THRILLED that Wikileaks is releasing this information. Too long, the government cronies has been hiding their corruption behind secrecy laws. Obama claimed that he believed in open government, but it was nothing but empty rhetoric.

    These diplomats wouldn't be embarrassed if they hadn't done anything wrong in the first place. They're like a bunch of cockroaches scurrying for cover when you turn on the lights.

    Good for Wikileaks!

  • dsdaughtry Nov 30, 2010

    this reminds me of LTC Oliver North. Why would someone of low rank have so much access to classified or visible material. The larger case is why did an army private have this much access? -- and why where there no measures to stop this before it escalated out of control? Why are not the superiors over this army private not charged with accessory or failing to manage government documents? One private may have performed the deed but someone had to give him access and oversee that access.

  • mrduffin Nov 30, 2010

    I don;t think it is illegal to disclose a illegal activity by a government official.

  • TheDude abides... Nov 30, 2010

    Referring to Assange, Not treason...maybe espionage. For treason, you'd have to be a citizen. Possibly a legal resident.

    You MAY be able to get treason against the US Army Pvt who actually stole the files, but it would be TOUGH.

    There have only been about two dozen TREASON convictions in US History. VERY narrowly defined.

    I say go after Assange with the Espionage charge. You dont want to have ANY risk that this guy walks.