Skip to comments.Suing the NY Times for dis-closing classified information
Posted on 06/24/2006 3:24:43 PM PDT by just truth please
To the Lawyers in Free Republic land: How would a Citizens Action Group go about filing a lawsuit against the NY Times for their, seemingly, illegal release of classified Government information? It seems obvious the US Attorney General is not going to. Someone, some how needs to get this moving. Free Republic might be a good starting point.
Sue the leaker not the Times.
You would have to show tort. Which is possible though extremely difficult to prove in this case (that the harm caused was caused specifically to the persons initiating the suit).
Why in hell would anyone give the NYT classified info?
I'm not a lawyer (but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night) ....
it seems that the Times can't be sued for publishing, but they can sure go after the leaker, a federal employee who has to have a very high security clearance and who has to have signed non-disclosure agreements with the government. I will assume that like the McBride woman who leaked CIA information, this civil servant will also be nabbed, but it IS time to get seriesly tough with these people.
Negative, they are just as culpable. Classified means no unauthorized access. The reporter who ran is not authorized, and he knew it. They are just as guilty..
Let's get all that are involved. We know what the Times did. When we learn who the leakers are get them too!
You need to allege that the leaks make you less safe and cause you -- and if you make this a class action lawsuit millions of other Americans -- less safe in your person and cause you great emotional anguish. (I don't believe there should be class action suits and I also do not believe in compensation for the rather nebulous and unprovable "great emotional anguish" but those concepts have been brought to us by Breckgirl and her friends so why not use them?)
My guess is that you don't have a case against anyone. My guess is that only the government can complain.
Seems to me a better tact would be a mass email campaign to
companies that support treason by advertising in the Slimes.
I just posed this question privately to a FRiend.
The NYT is owned and controlled by the Sulzbergs by virtue of their 91% ownership of All outstanding Class B shares. If Gun Manufacturers and Tobbaco companies can be sued for harm should'nt these folks be perp walking? Ideas welcome!
How about jail the leakers and sue the Times.
They talked it over with the White House. They did nothing illegal but the leaker definitely broke the law.
Any soldier or civilian injured after this was made public? What if one of them initiated a lawsuit? Or parents of troops who have been killed? I have absolutely no knowledge in this area at all. It still seems it would be hard to prove that the leaker or the media were directly responsible for death or injury. (Even though I think they are).
This is a crime, though, so a citizen action lawsuit wouldn't be applicable. ?
Handling classified info without authorization is crime, regardless of what the White House says. Im surprised they are taking this road with the Times..