Reporters Could Face Espionage Act Charges: Gonzales


Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has raised the possibility that New York Times journalists could be prosecuted for publishing classified information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance of terrorist-related calls between the United States and abroad, says the Washington Post. On ABC’s “This Week” yesterday, when asked if journalists could be prosecuted for publishing classified information, Gonzales said, “There are some statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility.” He was referring to the 1917 Espionage Act, which made it a crime for an unauthorized person to receive national defense information and transmit it to others.

Said Gonzales: “I understand very much the role that the press plays in our society, the protection under the First Amendment we want to promote and respect . He added, “It can’t be the case that that right trumps over the right that Americans would like to see, the ability of the federal government to go after criminal activity.”


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