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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Danes Protect Classified Info

Yes, what a concept. At a time when many, like the Powerline counselors, are arguing the NY Times could and probably should face criminal prosecution for revealing classified information about NSA surveillance, the Copenhagen Post reports the Danish government has prosecuted one leaker and has announced intentions to prosecute the journalists who printed the leaks. Since this is a Western European government set to prosecute journalists for revealing, not publishing, classified information, the case against the Times would now presumably pass Constitutional muster with Justice Breyer.

Clearly, the Danish government has demonstrated its commitment to free expression. Remember these? Free governments also have a responsibility to protect sensitive information related to national security. Such concerns for national security would be even more pertinent in bringing a case against the Times, than the revelation of Iraqi WMD reports at issue in Denmark.