The Trump administration is right to be angry about leaks of truly classified information, but the attorney general should take care not to sow fear and distrust in the national security agencies.
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On our new Foreign Policy feed, Helen Klein Murillo examines the delicate balance struck between the government and journalists on leaks in light of Attorney General Jeff Sessions's press conference on leak investigations.
At 11 a.m. Friday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein held a press conference on "Leaks of Classified Material Threatening National Security." Video of the press conference is available here and below.
Jack Goldsmith's Interview With Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of the New York Times, on Publication Decisions About Intelligence Secrets
In light of CIA Director Mike Pompeo's criticism of the New York Times' publication of a CIA officer's identity, we are reposting Jack Goldsmith's 2015 interview of Times executive editor Dean Baquet on the paper's publication of sensitive information.
This year will likely see Congress continuing to write Public Law provisions creating secret law at an historically high tempo.
In Sharing Memos, Comey Did Nothing Wrong as a Former Official and Everything Right as a Whistleblower
There is nothing to suggest that Comey's disclosure of his memo was illegal, unethical, immoral, or otherwise inappropriate.
Reality Leigh Winner, a recently separated Air Force linguist and a new hire by Pluribus International Corporation as a support contractor with a Top Secret clearance, allegedly searched for and printed out a Top Secret government report, folded it up, and dropped it in the mail to an online news outlet. Yesterday, the U.S. Attorney’s office revealed her arrest in an unsealed indictment.
A foreign adversary claiming to believe it could influence a presidential administration is on no set of facts less significant than the fact that such information was disclosed to the press. But even if the leaks aren’t the “real” story, we cannot ignore them.