Biden on Wikileaks Cables: No “Substantive” Harm Done

Take that, would-be Assange beheaders. Vice President Joe Biden told MSNBC yesterday that ultimately, the world can chill out a little bit, because the information in the Wikileaks cables isn't going to cause true damage to our relationships with foreign allies. Raw Story:

"I don't think there is any substantive damage, no," Biden said, when asked about the WikiLeaks revelations.

"Some of the cables that are coming out here and around the world are embarrassing," Biden said.

"But nothing that I am aware of that goes to the essence of the relationship that will allow another nation to say 'they lied to me, we don't trust them, they really are not dealing fairly with us'."

Assange, though, believes he'll be arrested for spying regardless. Speaking to the Daily Telegraphshortly after being released on bail yesterday, the Wikileaks figurehead said his US lawyers warned him that espionage charges from a grand jury are possible. ''Obviously it is extremely serious, and one of the concerns that we have had since I have been in the UK is whether the extradition proceeding to Sweden is actually an attempt to get me into a jurisdiction which will then make it easier to extradite me to the United States,'' he said. According to the Telegraph,a US Justice Department official stated there is an ongoing investigation into Assange, but would not elaborate. Read more over here.


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at December 17, 2010, 4:07am