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 consi
Latest in Secrecy: Press Behavior
Rahul Sagar is Associate Professor at Yale NUS and the author of the terrific and timely Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy (reviewed favorably by Steven Aftergood on Lawfare and Eric Posner in TNR). He writes in with some critical comments on my
The ODNI Tumblr site today posted April 2013 e-mail correspondence between Edward Snowden and the NSA's Office of General Counsel---the only such correspondence NSA says it has found.
Why Kinsley is Wrong About the Connection Between Democracy and the Publication of National Security Secrets
Michael Kinsley, in his review of Glenn Greenwald’s book, made the following claims about leaks of national security secrets:
The question is who decides.
On Friday I said that on a quick read, the Obama administration’s new pre-publication review policy seemed "overbroad to the point of practically unenforceable.” Friday afternoon, as Marty Lederman noted, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence distributed a memorandum that sought to clarify that the new policy was being interpreted more broadly than was intended. Mar
Charlie Savage reports:
The Obama administration is clamping down on a technique that government officials have long used to join in public discussions of well-known but technically still-secret information: citing news reports based on unauthorized disclosures.
A new pre-publication review policy for the Office of Director of National Intelligence says the agency’s current and former employees and contractors may not cite news reports based on leaks in their speeches, opinion
The National Security Agency has developed the capability to mine the thought patterns of millions of people simultaneously, collection that may involve thousands of Americans, according to the latest disclosure from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Andrew Beaujon at Poynter reports that at last week’s Sources and Secrets conference, NYT reporter James Risen, who is fighting a subpoena for information in the Jeffrey Sterling trial, made these remarks:
1) The Obama administration is “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation.”
Over at his new publication, The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald has a piece taking to task those criticizing Edward Snowden for news stories that, in fact, reflect the editorial judgments of the newspapers that published them. I actually agree with Greenwald about this.
David Sanger and Nicole Perlroth report about how the NSA has successfully placed backdoors into the networks of the Chinese Telecommunications giant Huawei for purposes of (a) discerning Huawei's links to the People’s Liberation Army and (b) preparing for offensive operations in third countries.