Espionage Act 1917 It made it a crime: To convey information with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the armed forces of the United States or to promote the success of its enemies. This was punishable by death or by imprisonment for not more than 30 years. To convey false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States or to promote the success of its enemies when the United States is at war, to cause or attempt to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or to willfully obstruct the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States. This was punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000 fine and up to 20 years in prison. Espionage Act of 1917 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 18 U.S.C. § 793 (a) Whoever, for the purpose of obtaining information respecting the national defense with intent or reason to believe that the information is to be used to the injury of the United States, or to the advantage of any foreign nation, goes upon, enters, flies over, or otherwise obtains information concerning any vessel, aircraft, work of defense, navy yard, naval station, submarine base, fueling station, fort, battery, torpedo station, dockyard, canal, railroad, arsenal, camp, factory, mine, telegraph, telephone, wireless, or signal station, building, office, research laboratory or station or other place connected with the national defense owned or constructed, or in progress of construction by the United States or under the control of the United States, or of any of its officers, departments, or agencies, or within the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States, or any place in which any vessel, aircraft, arms, munitions, or other materials or instruments for use in time of war are being made, prepared, repaired, stored, or are the subject of research or development, under any contract or agreement with the United States, or any department or agency thereof, or with any person on behalf of the United States, or otherwise on 18 U.S.C. § 793 : US Code - Section 793: Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information An interesting note in the Times story concerns WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange: "White House officials e-mailed reporters select transcripts of an interview Mr. Assange conducted with Der Spiegel, underlining the quotations the White House apparently found most offensive. Among them was Mr. Assange's assertion, 'I enjoy crushing bastards.' " Assange told reporters he wanted the material to lead to "new policies, if not prosecutions." His agenda is clear. washingtonpost.com Frankly this case that involves Pvt. Manning and the group known as Wikileaks should be agressivly prosecuted. Acts such as wikileaks leads to the deaths of US Military and Allied forces engaged in operations as well as those that are friendly to the US and it's allies. Further, obtaining an then publishing classified materials for the purpose of changing policy gives aid and comfort to our enemy and is an act of espionage. It remains to be seen if the WH will persue this matter, but it is my hope they do in this matter. One more thing before you who support the scum at wikileaks, this case is NOT the Pentagon papers but Im sure that many who agree with these people will try and point to that.