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ACLU: Espionage Act Should Not Be Used Against WikiLeaks

By December 17, 2010

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The most fundamental freedom articulated in the Bill of Rights is the right to free speech--which, at the time, essentially meant newspapers and pamphlets.

Now some opponents of WikiLeaks would like to use anti-espionage laws to target journalists--and as you might expect, the ACLU and other civil liberties groups are not taking kindly to that idea:
"In the current environment, it would be all too easy for inflamed public passions to serve as the basis for arguments to justify broadening even further the proscriptions of the law. Instead, Congress should stand clear-eyed and firm against arguments based on passion, not reason -- and narrow the Espionage Act to those who leak properly classified information."
Related: History of Censorship

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