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Huckabee calls for leaker to be executed

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The person that gave WikiLeaks 250,000 secret diplomatic cables deserves to die, says one Fox News host who is widely thought to be planning a 2012 presidential run.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was caught on video at a book signing at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif. saying that the leaker should be executed.

“Whoever in our government leaked that information is guilty of treason,” Huckabee said. “I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty.”

“They’ve put American lives at risk,” he said. “They’ve put relationships that will take decades to rebuild at risk, and they knew full well that they were handling sensitive documents, they were entrusted and anyone who had access to that level of information was not only a person who understood what their rules were, but they also signed under oath a commitment that they would not violate it. They did.”

“And I believe they have committed treason against this country, and any lives they endanger, they’re personally responsible for and the blood is on their hands,” he added.

Huckabee is the second Fox News host to wish death on the leaker. On Monday, Bill O’Reilly also yearned for capital punishment.

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“Whoever leaked all those State Department documents to the WikiLeaks website is a traitor and should be executed or put in prison for life,” he said.

“The guy who runs the website is a sleazeball named Julian Assange, who is bent on damaging America. Since he’s not a U.S. citizen, it’s hard for American authorities to move against him,” O’Reilly continued. “But we can prosecute those who leak the documents to Assange.”

But some also want to see Assange face execution. Townhall’s John Hawkins wrote a Tuesday morning column entitled “5 Reasons The CIA Should Have Already Killed Julian Assange.”

Fox News contributor Sarah Palin took to her Facebook page to suggest that Assange deserved the same treatment as terrorists and insurgents.

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“Why was he not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders?” she asked.

If the fallout from the latest leaks is anything like that of previously released documents then the US may not have too much to worry about.

In October, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Sen. Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, that a preliminary review “has not revealed any sensitive intelligence sources and methods compromised” by the 77,000 Afghanistan war documents released by WikiLeaks.

During a Tuesday press conference, Gates downplayed the impact of the latest leaks.

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“The fact is governments deal with the United States because it’s in their interest, not because they like us, not because they trust us and not because they think we can keep secrets,” Gates said.

This video was uploaded to YouTube Nov. 29, 2010.

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Entire MSNBC panel unleashes on Judiciary chair demanding he get Mueller to testify ASAP

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace unleashed on Democrats for refusing to step up and fight back against President Donald Trump.

She was joined by former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Frank Figliuzzi the former Assistant Director for Counterintelligence at the FBI, both of whom demanded to know what Democrats were thinking.

"It's time -- it's past time for [Robert Mueller] to talk about his report," Figliuzzi said, wondering why officials didn't call him to testify as soon as possible. "And as much of that testimony needs to be an open hearing, not behind closed doors."

That's when Wallace dropped the truth bomb that is going to infuriate Democrats.

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What is the summer solstice? An astronomer explains

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The summer solstice marks the official start of summer. It brings the longest day and shortest night of the year for the 88 percent of Earth’s people who live in the Northern Hemisphere. People around the world observe the change of seasons with bonfires and festivals and Fête de la Musique celebrations.

The solstice is the 24-hour period during the year when the most daylight hits the Northern Hemisphere. Przemyslaw 'Blueshade' Idzkiewicz, CC BY-SA

Astronomers can calculate an exact moment for the solstice, when Earth reaches the point in its orbit where the North Pole is angled closest to the sun. That moment will be at 11:54 a.m. Eastern Time on June 21 this year. From Earth, the sun will appear farthest north relative to the stars. People living on the Tropic of Cancer, 23.5 degrees north of the Equator, will see the sun pass straight overhead at noon.

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Mexican Senate opens debate on North American trade deal

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Mexico's Senate began debating the new North American trade agreement Wednesday, putting the country on track to be the first to ratify it despite recent tension with the US.

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is expected to pass easily in Mexico, given that the deal it aims to replace, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), has helped turn the country into an exporting powerhouse over the past 25 years -- with nearly 80 percent of those exports going to the US.

Opening debate on the deal, Senator Veronica Martinez, secretary of the upper house's economic committee, called it "an important agreement for all Mexicans."

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