Sunday, October 9, 2016

When It's a Crime to Report Crimes

A government contractor has been arrested for doing approximately what Edward Snowden did,
revealing wrongdoing by the National Security Agency (NSA).  We talk about this like it's a crime, "stealing" government secrets.  But, where is the crime here?  The government spying on private citizens and other wrongdoings seem like the real crimes and contain the real criminals.

Journalists expose themselves when they frame these as stories of people stealing government secrets, because if they report the information, they legally share in the "crime."

Is it criminal to report crimes?  Not usually.

Here's the story:

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