Feds Open Criminal Investigation Into WikiLeaks Disclosures

Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that the Justice Department is conducting an ""active, ongoing criminal investigation"" into the WikiLeaks disclosure of classified U.S. diplomatic documents whose impact was still being assessed in embassies worldwide.

""It is not saber-rattling,"" Holder told reporters in response to a question. ""To the extent that we can find anybody who was involved in the breaking of American law, they will be held responsible.""

Holder's announcement came as the Office of Management and Budget ordered federal agencies that handle classified information to establish a ""security assessment team"" to review their handling of procedures to keep classified information from improper disclosure.

The teams, to be composed of counterintelligence, security and information assurance experts, are to evaluate each agency's handling of classified information ""to ensure that users do not have broader access than is necessary to do their jobs effectively, as well as implementation of restrictions on usage of, and removable media capabilities from, classified government computer networks.""

U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is a prime suspect in previous leaks. Before October's release of information on Iraq, Manning was being held in Quantico, Virginia, charged with leaking video of an Iraq airstrike to WikiLeaks as well as removing classified information from military computers.

The secrets-busting website, which began publishing the trove of confidential U.S. government papers on Sunday, didn't expect the papers to reveal as much espionage as they apparently do, a spokesman said Monday."