The most dangerous thing that can come out of the latest "leak" hysteria is that Congress will pass some broad anti-leak law, which will undoubtedly be used against whistleblowers. With secrecy experts universally agreeing that rampant overclassification plagues the classification system and more information being classified than ever before, any broad anti-leak measure that criminalizes disclosing any classified information is impractical and will more likely serve to punish dissenters than to stop leaks that harm national security.
The latest hysteria over "leaks" stems from both the Obama administration's record-breaking Espionage Act prosecutions of suspected "leakers," who are usually whistleblowers, and from Congress' justifiable outrage at the Obama administration's hypocrisy of prosecuting low and mid-level officials while feeding the media pro-government information that the administration continues to claim is classified.
Rejecting calls to appoint a special prosecutor, Attorney General Eric Holder appointed two prosecutors to investigate the latest leaks. A number of respected commentators have expressed that it will be difficult to prosecute the high-level Obama administration officials that have been leaking supposedly-highly classified information.
Although the last thing this country needs is another "leak" investigation, there are certainly some "leaks" that can be easily traced. At least in one obvious case, Justice Department officials must have been involved in disclosing information, meaning with no special prosecutor, the Justice Department will be investigating itself, a task it has been notoriously terrible at in the past, as my personal experience taught me all too well.
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- The Truth About the Espionage Act Prosecution Against Whistleblower John Kiriakou
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- Bradley Manning Hearing: Government Foiled By Its Own Policies
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