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What others say: Journalists and media are not to blame for the leaks

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  • SEY Sandy, UT
    June 12, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    BRAVO CLM! So very right on!

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2012 10:11 a.m.

    So John McCain finally wants to discover who in the Bush White House exposed Valerie Plame as a CIA agent?

  • CLM Draper, UT
    June 12, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    Great editorial from the LA Times. "Society as a whole benefits from public-spirited journalism that, in some cases, depends on the willingness of a government official to scale a wall of secrecy." Hear, hear!

    Almost everything is classified these days. In 2011, over 92 million documents were classified. Consequently, reporting on anything can easily become a crime--unless some aide at the House on the Hill offers a leak in return for a flattering story about the president.

    What gives the most cause for concern about this entire leaking, whistleblowing situation is that the law seems to be selectively applied. The Justice Department is turning the Espionage Act inside out in order to make examples of Bradley Manning, John Kiriakou and others, while at the same time a very detailed article on drone policy astonishingly appears in the New York Times.

    As the president rewards media outlets with inside information or hands subpoenas to journalists who shine a poor light on him or his colleagues, it seems he has taken Nixon's words to heart: "When the President does it, that means it is not illegal."