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Tuesday
Nov302010

World Cup 2022: Holder to Attend Meetings to Support US World Cup Bid

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Zurich, Switzerland to help make the bid for the 2022 World Cup in the U.S.  Holder will leave the U.S. Tuesday for meetings on Wednesday.

On Monday night, Justice Department spokesman Matthew Miller said about the trip, “The president asked the attorney general to attend to show the high-level commitment of our government to secure the World Cup and to make clear that the United States has the capacity to host a World Cup that is both secure and welcoming to the people of the world.”

Attorney General Holder will attend the USA Bid Committee's final presentation to the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and meet with members of FIFA's executive committee.

The attorney general is expected to return to the U.S. on Thursday.

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Monday
Nov292010

US Officials: WikiLeakers Will Be Held Accountable

Photo Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration's top diplomat and lawyer put WikiLeaks and its Australian founder on alert Monday, promising to prosecute any individual, regardless of nationality, who broke U.S. law by making public hundreds of thousands of secret diplomatic cables.

"[To] the extent that we can find anybody involved of breaking American law who has put at risk the assets and the people that I have described…they will be held responsible. They will be held accountable," Attorney General Eric Holder said at a press conference.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the release of hundreds of thousands of secret cables "not just an attack on America's foreign policy interests [but] an attack on the international community: the alliances and partnerships, the conversations and negotiations that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity."

"Some mistakenly applaud those responsible," Clinton said. "There is nothing laudable about endangering innocent people…nothing brave about sabotaging peaceful relations between nations."

Holder said he advocates closing any gaps in current U.S. legislation that would prevent the federal government from fully prosecuting a foreign national like WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange, who published secrets of vital American national interest.

The current raft of documents, some 250,000 diplomatic cables that span decades and include various – and sometimes embarrassing – details about the way U.S. evoys see their foreign counterparts is the latest document dump Wikileaks received last year from Army Private Bradley Manning, currently awaiting court martial.

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