This “first class” — e.g., a guy like Snowden — enjoys little First Amendment protection for releasing classified information. Protecting that information, after all, is written into their employment terms. On the other hand, the “second class” — e.g., a guy like Greenwald and the Guardian — enjoys considerable First Amendment protection for passing along such information. And for great reason, too: Call it the “welcome debate” clause.
Other than debating over the information leaked in the NSA revelations, there have been numerous other debates growing around Edward Snowden and writer Glenn Greenwald. One being that while Snowden committed a crime of leaking info, could Greenwald too be charged with another crime? Washington Post’s Erik Wemple ponders the possibility of the U.S. charging the writer with an Espionage crime, however hard it may be. Do you think he should be?
June 28, 2013 // 19:48 // 9 months ago