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Freedom Of The Press Does Not Extend to State Secrets

From the Panel

  • For: Michael Chertoff

  • WikiLeaks: Vital Sites Vulnerable to Terrorism
    CBS Evening News, December 6, 2010
    Michael Chertoff speaks with CBS Evening News about the potential risk and danger resulting from the release and posting of confidential State Department cables.
  • Chertoff Says WikiLeaks’ Posts Are Not a “Catastrophe”: Video
    Bloomberg, November 20, 2010
    Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff discusses the release of classified documents by WikiLeaks.org and its potential implications for U.S. foreign policy.
  • NSA Data Mining Is Legal, Necessary, Sec. Chertoff Says
    Morton M. Kondracke, Roll Call, January 19, 2006
    Roll Call interview with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff discussing the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program.
  • Nominee Is Hard Charger on Legal War on Terror
    Eric Lichtblau, New York Times, January 12, 2005
    A 2005 profile of Michael Chertoff prior to his Homeland Security appointment.

  • For: Gabriel Schoenfeld

  • Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law
    Gabriel Schoenfeld, May 2010
    Schoenfeld’s book Necessary Secrets raises the question of whether the press should ever be prosecuted for revealing information that might endanger national defense.
  • Espionage Act and the Legal and Constitutional Issues Raised by WikiLeaks
    Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, December 16, 2010
    Schoenfeld’s testimony begins on page 50 of the PDF. This hearing also includes testimony from Geoffrey Stone, Abbe Lowell, Kenneth Wainstein, Stephen Vladeck, Thomas Blanton, and Ralph Nader.
  • Can the U.S. Bring Assange to Justice?
    Gabriel Schoenfeld, Wall Street Journal, December 8, 2010
    To convict under the Espionage Act, a trial must prove bad faith on the part of the accused. With WikiLeaks, that's easy.
  • Right of Privacy
    Gary Schmidt, Weekly Standard, May 31, 2010
    A review of Schoenfeld’s Necessary Secrets, which Schmidt describes as an, “insightful, historically rigorous, and pointed account of the tension between a free press and government secrecy.”
  • Secrecy in Shreds
    Bill Keller, New York Times, April 3, 2011
    New York Times executive editor Bill Keller on a conversation about state secrets with Schoenfeld.

  • Against: Alan Dershowitz

  • Former President George W. Bush Prejudices the Legal Process Against Julian Assange
    Alan Dershowitz, Huffington Post, March 3, 2011
    When a former president of the United States weighs in on an ongoing criminal investigation, there is considerable risk that his comments could make it impossible for justice to be fair and objective.
  • Assange Is a New Kind of Journalist
    Spiegel interview with Alan Dershowitz, February 22, 2011
    Alan Dershowitz, who is advising Julian Assange’s legal team, spoke with Spiegel about what the First Amendment has to say about WikiLeaks and the legal implications of social media’s role in the Arab uprisings.
  • Who Needs to Know?
    Alan Dershowitz, New York Times, May 28, 2010
    Dershowitz’s review of Gabriel Schoenfeld’s book, Necessary Secrets, which he describes as “subtle” and “instructive.”
  • Publish the Truth, Ask Questions Later
    Alan Dershowitz, Haaretz, April 15, 2010
    Media should be allowed to publish material from Israeli whistleblower Anat Kamm, even if it was wrongfully obtained.

  • Against: David Sanger

  • Executive Session on WikiLeaks (transcript)
    Sponsored by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, February 3, 2011
    At an executive session sponsored by the Shorenstein Center, a group of journalists, academics and media professionals gathered to discuss the impact of WikiLeaks. David Sanger (beginning on page 12 of the transcript) lays out what happened, describes the New York Times’s process and standards, and takes on criticisms of their coverage.
  • WikiLeaks Ethics
    Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Febraruy 11, 2011
    A Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly segment on WikiLeaks, with David Sanger.
  • NYT Reporter Defends Publishing WikiLeaks Cables
    Fresh Air from WHYY, Spring/Summer, 2010
    Sen. Joe Lieberman has suggested that the New York Times should be investigated for publishing classified diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. David Sanger responds to Lieberman's remarks and explains why the newspaper decided to publish the cables.

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