"A prominent House lawmaker is ratcheting up pressure on the
Obama administration to take action against Wikileaks and its
founder, Julian Assange.
"In a letter delivered this week, Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.),
chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, asked Treasury
Secretary Timothy Geithner to add Assange to the department's
Specially Designated National and Blocked Persons List, or SDN
List, a move that would prohibit U.S. businesses and individuals
from doing business with the whistleblower site or anyone
associated with it.
"The SDN List is a registry maintained by Treasury's Office of
Foreign Asset Control that seeks to impose sanctions against
individuals and companies associated with targeted foreign
countries, or independent entities that have been identified as
criminal operations, such as terrorists or drug traffickers."