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Probes may have 'chilling effect' on media (espionage statute used on CIA prisons leak?)
Baltimore Sun ^ | 11/16/05 | Nick Madigan

Posted on 11/16/2005 1:08:27 PM PST by Libloather

Probes may have 'chilling effect' on media
By Nick Madigan
Sun Reporter
Originally published November 16, 2005

The investigations into anonymous leaks in the nation's capital could confound the symbiotic relationship between government officials and reporters, according to observers of the interaction between the press and the politicians they cover.

The probes, first in the Valerie Plame case and now in The Washington Post's story about covert CIA prisons, have prompted questions about the benefits and pitfalls of leaking national security secrets, and whether the prospect of investigations into their provenance will mean the leaks could dry up.

"What if the government starts enforcing the espionage statute whenever there's a leak?" asked Steve Roberts, a former New York Times reporter who teaches media and public policy issues at George Washington University. "It's going to have a tremendously chilling effect on this interplay between sources and reporters."

In the Post case, congressional leaders have called for a criminal investigation into the source of the leak that led to a Nov. 2 story by reporter Dana Priest about the existence of covert CIA detention centers in various parts of the world.

"There's no conceivable way the public would have learned the information in that story if it had been shadowed by the threat that anyone revealing that information would be charged with a crime," Roberts said.

Critics of the Bush administration say that the effort to plug leaks in the government's national security apparatus is part of a longstanding campaign to shape public opinion. At its most extreme, the critics say, the effort culminated in a push for war that used faulty intelligence.

(Excerpt) Read more at baltimoresun.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chilling; cia; cialeak; effect; espionage; leak; ll; media; prisons; probes; statute
"What if the government starts enforcing the espionage statute whenever there's a leak?" asked Steve Roberts

Cool.

1 posted on 11/16/2005 1:08:29 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Oh good, another "chilling effect" story. We always get these when things get hot.


2 posted on 11/16/2005 1:10:41 PM PST by rhombus
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To: Libloather
could confound the symbiotic relationship between government officials and reporters

Euphemism alert: A better translation for this process would be BREAKING THE LAW.

3 posted on 11/16/2005 1:11:08 PM PST by denydenydeny ("As a Muslim of course I am a terrorist"--Sheikh Omar Brooks, quoted in the London Times 8/7/05)
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To: Libloather
"There's no conceivable way the public would have learned the information in that story if it had been shadowed by the threat that anyone revealing that information would be charged with a crime," Roberts said.

Terrific! What recent history has clearly proven is that keeping information away from the press is a Good Thing. ...especially classified information. ...especially in time of war.

4 posted on 11/16/2005 1:11:55 PM PST by TChris ("Unless you act, you're going to lose your world." - Mark Steyn)
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To: Libloather
"There's no conceivable way the public would have learned the information in that story if it had been shadowed by the threat that anyone revealing that information would be charged with a crime,"

Of course, we should ignore the fact that once the public knows about it, the enemy knows about it too...

5 posted on 11/16/2005 1:17:49 PM PST by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: Libloather

The CIA is a Sieve. Close it down.


6 posted on 11/16/2005 1:19:54 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: Libloather

I'd like these media traitors, who think of nothing or divulging our nation's secrets to the enemy, to be chilled permanently.


7 posted on 11/16/2005 1:20:01 PM PST by winner3000
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To: Libloather
The article is right. We all know that reporters are exalted, superior persons of such noble and high cause that they should be exempt from laws covering average people. The press is the closest thing we have to Gods ... I bow before them.

*cough*

8 posted on 11/16/2005 1:20:50 PM PST by NewMediaFan (Fake but accurate)
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To: Libloather
...The probes, first in the Valerie Plame case and now in The Washington Post's story about covert CIA prisons, have prompted questions about the benefits and pitfalls of leaking national security secrets...

The presstitutes never call it what it really is; criminal disclosure of information which puts the entire nation at risk. The MSM is the enemy. The sooner they and their co-conspirator "sources" are convicted as the traitors they are, the better the country and the world will be.

9 posted on 11/16/2005 1:21:33 PM PST by DakotaGator
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To: All

What a terrible thing it would be to enforce the law! I'm sorry, but I have no sympathy for any government official who leaks to the press. I also have no sympathy for any reporter who has to take the choice of revealing a confidential source of a government secret or going to jail. Let them go to jail. Let them stay there until the hell freezes over or until they talk, whichever comes first. I am so sick of the culture of leaks in Washington that I can hardly keep my food down.


10 posted on 11/16/2005 1:29:06 PM PST by agedav (the aviation theologian)
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To: Libloather

Gosh, what would we do without "anonymous sources"?


11 posted on 11/16/2005 1:29:30 PM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: Libloather
At its most extreme, the critics say, the effort culminated in a push for war that used faulty intelligence.

Once again, the reporter gets his opinion into the piece by resorting to "the critics say." Most DC-based reporters are out and out treasonous, pure and simple.

12 posted on 11/16/2005 1:37:28 PM PST by speedy
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To: winner3000
I'd like these media traitors, who think of nothing or divulging our nation's secrets to the enemy, to be chilled permanently.

...but only if it could be done without the continuing waste of our precious energy resources.

< ]B^)

13 posted on 11/16/2005 1:48:59 PM PST by Erasmus (Getting captivated by modern music leads to Stockhausen Syndrome.)
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To: Libloather
What a novel idea....

might make for some Pflaming changes in how information flows into the media...

14 posted on 11/16/2005 1:50:15 PM PST by pointsal
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To: Libloather
Leaking classified information is a crime, it has always been a crime, it's just that now they're doing something about it because we're at war.

Of course, the libs refuse to believe that's a problem, and the media is so devoid of commonsense that they don't see anything wrong with it either, but it's still a crime and should be punished to the full extent of the law.

15 posted on 11/16/2005 2:06:27 PM PST by McGavin999 (Reporters write the Truth, Journalists write "Stories")
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To: Libloather

Oh, I see. When they're putting the screws to someone in the Bush admin, it's "patriotic" and "justice." When the tables are turned, it's "chilling."


16 posted on 11/16/2005 2:18:18 PM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: Libloather

uh-oh, the RATS have drug out the dredded "chilling effect" argument again.


17 posted on 11/16/2005 2:35:18 PM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Libloather

Yeah. Sounds like a novel plan. Enforce the frickin' laws!


18 posted on 11/16/2005 2:38:37 PM PST by null and void (The enemy of my enemy is my tool...)
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To: Libloather
What a dumb A$$...That's the point.

DumbA$$ not directed to you but at the excerpted portion
19 posted on 11/16/2005 2:39:25 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (Conservatives are from earth. Liberals are from Uranus.)
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To: Libloather

Consider the source of this crap, The Baltimore Sun"...for crying out loud.
Rule 1, If the Sun is against it, it's good for America.


20 posted on 11/16/2005 2:51:06 PM PST by TET1968
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To: Libloather

Isn't this guy Cokie's bimbo?


21 posted on 11/16/2005 2:52:47 PM PST by Rockpile
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To: Libloather

Have any vermin been seen scurring from the CIA headquaters or the Congressional staffers offices.


22 posted on 11/16/2005 2:53:18 PM PST by marty60
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To: Libloather
"What if the government starts enforcing the espionage statute whenever there's a leak?"

Um, excuse me?

Government officials are sworn to secrecy, not to release classified information to unauthorized personnel. That's a crime. Anyone (including reporters) who knowingly receives classified information is also commiting a crime.

Why are either politicians or reporters exempt from the laws the rest of us have to follow?

Let the investigations and prosecutions begin!

23 posted on 11/16/2005 2:57:55 PM PST by Gritty ("Watergate babies plan to finish as they started-in betrayal and national dishonor-Tony Blankley)
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To: sgtbono2002
The CIA is a Sieve. Close it down.

And while you're at it, throw Sandy Berger in jail.

24 posted on 11/16/2005 3:00:15 PM PST by Ramcat (Thank You American Veterans)
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To: winner3000
"It's going to have a tremendously chilling effect on this interplay between sources and reporters."

The reporter thinks this is a bad thing... Reporters who want to exercise political power are subject to the same laws that the rest of us are and any who knowing release information that is classified should be prepared to accept the punishment that the person who gives them the info is subject to. That is, they are conspiring to violate the security of this nation and its security forces. They are endangering those who are trying to protect the nation and "we the people". Indict them and their sources and punish them.
25 posted on 11/16/2005 3:01:54 PM PST by RedEyeJack
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To: Libloather

"could confound the symbiotic relationship"

Leeches sucking on ticks?

With apologies to leeches and ticks world wide of course.


26 posted on 11/16/2005 3:06:19 PM PST by listenhillary ("Mainstream media" is creating it's own reality~everything sucks)
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To: rhombus

I love it! Chilling effect? GOOD!


27 posted on 11/16/2005 3:06:48 PM PST by meema (I am a Conservative Traditional Republican, NOT an elitist, sexist , cynic or right wing extremist!)
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To: Libloather

All because Dan Blather took his precious self outside during a major hurricane back in the early 90's, I believe it was a cat 3/4 named Duke hitting the SC coast.

So, now we got hundreds of "newscasters" standing out in the wind and rain during Katrina -- well not many in Katrina. But, cerainly a lot were being whipped about during Wilma....


28 posted on 11/16/2005 3:12:11 PM PST by onyx eyes (.... I'd give at least .50 cents to know why ....oh, never mind....)
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To: winner3000
I'd like these media traitors, who think of nothing or divulging our nation's secrets to the enemy, to be chilled permanently.

There is a conventional wisdom in the media that it is OK or even patriotic to release national security information as long as it is for political reasons.

This is consistent with their unwavering support for traders such as the Rosenbergs or Ager Hiss. They will fain outrage at spies who release classified for nothing more than money. But when it comes to their fellow travelers whose ideology of American hatred they share, they will pull out all the stops to shield and protect them.

I want this spy exposed, tried and hanged. I could care less how long some reporter will rot in prison if they wish to impede the investigation. I hope they put then in with one of the nastiest Jihadies we are holding.

This is war and we must start treating that way.

29 posted on 11/16/2005 3:13:14 PM PST by usurper (Spelling or grammatical errors in this post can be attributed to the LA City School System)
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To: Libloather
"What if the government starts enforcing the espionage statute whenever there's a leak?" asked Steve Roberts, a former New York Times reporter who teaches media and public policy issues at George Washington University. "It's going to have a tremendously chilling effect on this interplay between sources and reporters."

I think the real question here should be, are reporters above the law? If a reporter divulges a state secret that causes the death of many U.S. citizens, I would want that reporter to be shot by a firing squad.

30 posted on 11/16/2005 5:33:26 PM PST by khenrich (Hillary is changing her colors. She's a chameleon. No, she's a liberal.)
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