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Official Secrecy

Maybe Having Editors Go Head to Head With Politicians Is a Good Idea

Edward Wasserman | Posted 02.08.2014 | Media
Edward Wasserman

We've ended up with a political regime in which arbitrary secrecy remains unchallenged and the news media are timid and frightened, so accustomed to a defensive crouch they can no longer stand up.

The US Panic Over Official Secrecy Is Uniquely Our Own

Edward Wasserman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

By the standards of other countries, the U.S. approach to official secrecy is ferocious. For leaking hugely newsworthy information to the press, Snowden could go to prison for life. Elsewhere, punishment for making official secrets public is less severe than the penalties here for driving drunk.

Throwing Manning to the Wolves

Edward Wasserman | Posted 05.20.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

He was a great source. His information was solid. The world's best news organizations believed it was of immense public value. So now he goes to jail, perhaps for life, and the media stand in silence?

Assange and Wikileaks: Time to Ask Some Impertinent Questions

Edward Wasserman | Posted 10.26.2012 | Media
Edward Wasserman

It has been two years since the massive leaks of military and diplomatic data. The moment is ripe for an accounting. Did the leaks do harm or do good? Did Wikileaks demoralize dedicated officials and expose trusting intelligence assets to risk and reprisal?