CLINTON: "I want to set the record straight, there is nothing laudable about endangering innocent people and there is nothing brave about sabotaging the peaceful relations between nations on which our common security depends"
Secretary of State Clinton on Monday led the Obama administration's attempts to label the WikiLeaks document dumps attacks on the U.S. that threatened world order.
"This disclosure is not just an attack on America's foreign-policy interests," Clinton said at the State Department. "It is an attack on the international community, the alliances and partnerships, the conversations and negotiations that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity."
Joining in the administration's pushback, Attorney General Eric Holder said he was pursuing possible criminal charges against the online whistle-blower group and its founder, Australian Julian Assange.
"I look at the law as it exists," Holder told reporters, and "there is a real basis to believe that crimes have been committed here." Holder said that "to the extent that we can find anybody breaking U.S. law, they will be held responsible."