Latest in Secrecy: Press Behavior


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 consi

Secrecy: Leaks Prosecutions

ODNI Clarifies New Pre-Publication Review Policy

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

Secrecy & Leaks

The Latest Obama Administration Anti-Leak Initiative

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

Secrecy: Leaks Prosecutions

Exclusive: NSA Program Can Target Thoughts of Millions of Targets, Thousands of Americans

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.

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