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10/26/2010 08:58 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Fox News Contributor: WikiLeaks Should Be Designated 'Enemy Combatants'

A contributor to Fox News has called for WikiLeaks and the people who run it to be designated as "enemy combatants" by the Obama administration, so that the United States can take "non-judicial action" against them.

Writing on FoxNews.com, Christian Witon -- who Fox News identifies as a former State Department official in the Bush administration and a frequent contributor to its website -- said that, by releasing nearly 400,000 pages of classified information about the Iraq War, WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange had committed "an act of political warfare" against the United States, and called for the Obama administration to take swift action.

One of the things the U.S. could do, he wrote, would be to indict Assange and other WikiLeaks personnel for espionage, "regardless of whether he is presently in a U.S. jurisdiction."

Whiton also called on the Obama administration to "explore opportunities for the president to designate WikiLeaks and its officers as enemy combatants, paving the way for non-judicial actions against them." He did not specify what forms the "non-judicial actions" might take.

Whiton's reaction is not the first hostile one WikiLeaks and Assange have received in the wake of the leak of the Iraq War logs. On Saturday, Assange walked out of a CNN interview after being asked about his personal legal issues.