The War Against Intelligence Leaks

In the 1976 film “All the President’s Men,” Robert Redford plays Bob Woodward, who waits for his source in a parking garage. Warner Bros.
A High-Tech War On Leaks — New York Times

BACK in 2006, before the Obama administration made leak prosecutions routine, a panel of three federal appeals court judges in New York struggled to decide whether a prosecutor should be allowed to see the phone records of two New York Times reporters, Judith Miller and Philip Shenon, in an effort to determine their sources for articles about Islamic charities.

“I’ve been thinking about the scene in ‘All the President’s Men,’ ” said Judge Robert D. Sack, citing the leading cinematic precedent. He meant the part where Bob Woodward, in the process of unraveling the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post, meets his source in an underground parking garage.

“First of all,” Judge Sack asked, “do you really have to meet in a garage to maintain your confidentiality? Second of all, can the government go and subpoena the surveillance camera?”

Six years and six prosecutions later, those questions seem as naïve as their answers are obvious: yes and yes.

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My Comment: The key sentence in this report …. and one that gives a very good idea on what is the mindset of the current administration, is the following …..

…. That does not seem to be the view of the Obama administration, which has brought more prosecutions against current or former government officials for providing classified information to the media than every previous administration combined.

But here is the funny part …. most in the main stream media still support President Obama.

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