Wikileaks and it’s founder Julian Assange have been deemed “enemies of the state” – just as Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, according to military documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
In the past, the term “enemy of the state” could be used of those who released classified information to those with which we were at war but, in an age of undeclared war and undefined enemies, it is hard to know what is meant by the term “enemy of the state.”
Glen Greenwald sees the designation as further evidence that “whistleblowing” in the manner of Daniel Ellsberg is not longer seen as nobel, or even as merely criminal, at this point it is considered treason, even when done by a non-American:
The real “enemies” of American “society” are not those who seek to inform the American people about the bad acts engaged in by their government in secret. As Democrats once recognized prior to the age of Obama – in the age of Daniel Ellsberg – people who do that are more aptly referred to as “heroes”. The actual “enemies” are those who abuse secrecy powers to conceal government actions and to threaten with life imprisonment or even execution those who blow the whistle on high-level wrongdoing.