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  •  So for an extreme example (0+ / 0-)

    some congressional aide has access to the intelligence committee's documents. He/she decides to release the Administration's contingency plans for Israel preemptively striking Iran because he doesn't agree with them.

    If he was a Democrat it may be because the Admin plans to send extra material to reinforce Iron Dome and veto any resolution condemning it in the Security Council. For a Republican, maybe it's because the Admin plans to condemn it in the Security Council and announce they'll be reconsidering current military subsidies.

    Would that be whistleblowing that requires protection?

    47 is the new 51!

    by nickrud on Wed May 22, 2013 at 04:25:17 PM PDT

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    •  This was classified information, and the person (1+ / 0-)
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      who revealed it was fully aware of that fact?

      That person would be subject to investigation and arrest under any shield law that I've heard about.  Today's shield laws protect journalists, not perpetrators.  That gets stretched in the case where a journalist is the only piece of information that connects a perpetrator to an illegal act, but that is side effect, not intent.

      Restricting the shield to journalists does have the advantage of drawing a bright line that restricts its scope, but those who pass information along to journalists should have the same protection -- freedom from having to reveal their sources.

      Criminals, by the way, already have that protection. If the source is the perpetrator, the fifth amendment is available.

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      by dinotrac on Wed May 22, 2013 at 04:38:22 PM PDT

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