by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:
Is there a fine – or a not-so-fine – line between the public’s right to know and keeping classified information classified? That is the question swirling around NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s recent disclosure that the spy agency he worked for was conducting blanket surveillance on American citizens, in apparent violation of its charter to focus on foreign-based threats.
Following his exposure of the NSA’s activities the Guardian, a British newspaper, earlier this month, the Obama Administration has since charged Snowden under the Espionage Act, which was passed in 1917 as the United States prepared to enter World War I. The law was aimed at preventing disclosure of top secret information that could help an enemy, but not just during wartime; some – mostly members of Congress and the Big Government establishment – now argue that Snowden, in disclosing the NSA’s activities, broke that law.
But it is interesting to note that, even before Snowden made his disclosures, President Obama – who, in 2006, criticized the Bush Administration for using the NSA to spy on Americans – has launched a campaign against whistleblowers who disclose illegal and illicit activities committed by the federal government.
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