Marcus Aurelius: Blurred Line Between Espionage and Truth – Prosecution of US Truth-Tellers Rampant + Secrecy RECAP

Marcus Aurelius

What does it say about a country when a) half of its defense and intelligence program is arguably fraud, waste, and abuse; and b) the only people charged with espionage are the whistle-blowers that are invariably truthful about this same fraud, waste, and abuse?

Blurred Line Between Espionage and Truth

David Carr

New York Times, 26 February 2012


The Espionage Act, enacted back in 1917 to punish those who gave aid to our enemies, was used three times in all the prior administrations to bring cases against government officials accused of providing classified information to the media. It has been used six times since the current president took office.

Setting aside the case of Pfc. Bradley Manning, an Army intelligence analyst who is accused of stealing thousands of secret documents, the majority of the recent prosecutions seem to have everything to do with administrative secrecy and very little to do with national security.

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Review: No More Secrets – Open Source Information and the Reshaping of U.S. Intelligence

Review: Report of the Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy

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Senator (D-MD): Leaks Should Be a Felony + RECAP

Strong Signals: Truth or Tyrannicide + RECAP

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