Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Are You A Spy?

If you have a family member in the Air Force and have seen any of the material released by WikiLeaks, USAF lawyers are saying you may be in violation of the Espionage Act.

Steven Aftergood of Secrecy News has published a document from the legal office of Air Force Material Command warning service members that if they access WikiLeaks from a personal computer they will be subject to prosecution under the Espionage Act. In addition, the document says that family members of Air Force personnel who access WikiLeaks are subject to prosecution.

According to Salon’s Justin Elliott, this is an “almost comically extreme interpretation of the law.” Elliott notes that because the document does not define the term “family member” you may be in trouble even if you only have distant cousins serving in the Air Force.

Is the Air Force planning to prosecute service members’ families for reading WikiLeaks?

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