Rep. Peter King (R-NY) was among the many politicians publicly enraged by WikiLeaks documents dump of U.S. diplomatic cables, likening it to a military act of aggression.
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On Friday, the Treasury Department said no.
"We do not have evidence at this time as to Julian Assange or Wikileaks meeting criteria under which [Treasury] may designate persons and place them on the" sanctions list, a Treasury representative said in a statement.
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The Treasury administers but doesn't create the criteria for sanctions; that power comes either legislatively or by executive order, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Author Wendy Kaminer describes the Treasury's blacklist in The Atlantic as follows:
"Conducting business, or providing any economic assistance to a blacklisted entity, even unknowingly, no matter how trivial, is a violation of federal law, for which you too may be blacklisted, losing access to all your property and interests in the U.S. Blacklisting is enabled by a network of federal statutes and executive orders, which requires study to begin to understand."Kaminer says King's request for blacklisting Assange and WikiLeaks came in response to reports of Assange's million-dollar book deal with American publisher Knopf.