Incoming Tea Party Republican: ‘We Should Censor American News Agencies Which Enabled’ WikiLeaks

Just-elected Florida Republican Allen West will be headed to Congress in the New Year, but he’s putting the lamestream media on notice: if you’re on Julian Assange‘s team, West wants to shut you down with some serious censorship.

The Tea Party-backed West made the comments on an internet radio station, saying the government “should be censoring the American news agencies which enabled (Assange).”

West compared the publication of WikiLeaks’ classified documents by newspapers to “aiding and abetting of a serious crime:”

There are different means by which you can be attacked. I mean it doesnt have to be a bomb or an airplane flying into a building. It doesn’t have to be a shooting. It can be through cyber attacks, it could be through leaking of very sensitive classified information. Regardless of whether you think it causes any harm, the fact that here is an individual that is not an American citizen first and foremost, for whatever reason gotten his hands on classified American material and put it out there in the public domain. And I think that we also should be censoring the American news agencies which enabled him to do this and also supported him and applauding him for the efforts. So that’s kind of aiding and abetting of a serious crime.

Listen to West’s comments here:

(h/t Think Progress)

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