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Recidivism Among Espionage Act Convicts

Anyone remember Samuel Loring Morrison? Espionage Act nerds certainly do.

Morrison was the first person prosecuted and convicted under the Espionage Act for leaking classified material? Morrison was convicted in the 1980s of leaking satellite photos to Jane's Defense Weekly. He was later pardoned retrospectively by President Clinton as part of Clinton's spree of pardons on his way out of office in 2001.

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Reactions to NYT Story on North Korean Cyber Penetration

David Sanger and Martin Fackler write in the NYT that the NSA “drilled into the Chinese networks that connect North Korea to the outside world, picked through connections in Malaysia favored by North Korean hackers and penetrated directly into the North with the help of South Korea and other American allies,” and also placed malware in North Korean


On Journalists’ Claims for Immunity From Legal Accountability

I think I am unusual among former government officials in arguing that the publication of national security secrets can promote democracy and good government.  Such publications are often costly, sometimes very costly, to national security – more so than is generally realized.  But as I wrote in Power and Constraint, “it does not follow that the media’s pursuit of government secrets is bad for American society, or even for national security, all things co

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