The US Justice Department says a whistleblower leaking information to the media is a “far greater threat to society” than a spy selling information to an enemy.
According to the managing news editor at Antiwar.com, Jason Ditz, the remarks made by the country's judiciary are in line with efforts in the US “to intimidate potential whistleblowers and discourage them from this sort of activity.”
“It seems like they're trying to make it a broad statement but I think they definitely have Wikileaks in mind,” Ditz said in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday.
The US Justice Department made the remark as part of a filing pertaining to the detention of whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling. The filing, however, insisted that the stance was a general one, and not specific to Sterling's case.
Details of whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling's case were never made public. There is speculation, however, that it was related to the book State of War by James Risen.
Sterling is the fifth person to be charged under the Espionage Act over matters related to the leakage of classified information.
Critics believe his trial is a “test case” for a possible move against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Wikileaks has released about 2,700 cables so far, but officials say the State Department is mainly concerned with the 99 percent of the cables obtained by Wikileaks -- about 251,187 cables -- which have not been published yet.