first amendment blues

this week the washington post revealed that the fbi considered a news reporter, james rosen of fox, a “co-conspirator” in violation of the espionage act for asking questions about classified information and using the information he obtained in a news story.  this is what reporters who work in the national security subject area do.  the fbi convinced a federal judge that reasonable cause existed to issue a search warrant to read his email.  no reporter in the history of our republic has ever been prosecuted under the espionage act for reporting classified information; and how many have sourced their story to someone who “declined to be identified” because he or she was not “authorized” to discuss this “scoop” with this reporter?

here’s a link to the washington post story

here’s a link to “secrecy news” blog published by federation of american scientists

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