Ron Paul Defends WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) listen as Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on the U.S. economic outlook on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 2, 2008. Bernanke spoke on the Bear Stearns take over by JPMorgan Chase and the Feds role in the economic markets. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is defending WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's release of thousands of classified diplomatic cables.

In an interview with Fox Business Thursday, Paul went against the opinions of many of his Republican colleagues, asserting that Assange should be given the same protections as the media.

"In a free society we're supposed to know the truth," Paul said. "In a society where truth becomes treason, then we're in big trouble. And now, people who are revealing the truth are getting into trouble for it."

This whole notion that Assange, who's an Australian, that we want to prosecute him for treason. I mean, aren't they jumping to a wild conclusion? he added. This is media, isn't it? I mean, why don't we prosecute The New York Times or anybody that releases this?"

Earlier this week, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Justice Department is investigating Assange's case to determine whether he can be charged with a crime for leaking the secret documents.

Arkansas Goveror Mike Huckabee went so far as to say Tuesday that Assange should be tried for treason and face the death penalty if proven guilty.

Most U.S. politicians claim that the leaked cables will damage relations with U.S. allies.

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