Whoever leaked thousands of US State Department documents to WikiLeaks should be executed for treason, says former presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee.

According to Politico, Huckabee, who ran for the US presidency in 2008 but lost the Republican nomination to Senator John McCain, told reporters: "Whoever in our government leaked that information is guilty of treason, and I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty.

"They've put American lives at risk. They've put relationships that will take decades to rebuild at risk. 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 - they did. Any lives they endangered, they're personally responsible for, and the blood is on their hands."

Huckabee also attacked The New York Times for printing the leaked information.

"The New York Times has shown an utter reckless disregard for any responsible journalism by printing something that they know that they obtained in a way that is not appropriate," he said.

Huckabee's interview with reporters is currently available on YouTube (fast-forward to 3:33 for his discussion of WikiLeaks).

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