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Friday, January 02, 2004

Posted by Tanstaafl
A Farce in Two Canvases (

The purpose of protecting the identity of leakers is to encourage future leaks. Leaks to journalists, and fear of leaks, can be an important restraint on misbehavior by powerful institutions and people. This serves the public interest. But there is no public interest in leaks that harm national security, or leaks that violate the law, or leaks intended to harm blameless individuals. There is no reason to want more of these kinds of leaks. So there is no reason to protect the identity of such bad-faith leakers.

Subpoena's all around.
Seriously, Glenn Reynolds has suggested this a couple of times. Not all journalistic sources should be protected. Unfortunately, no one will subpoena Novak because doing so would be policitally distasteful.


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