Senate’s anti-leaking bill doesn’t address the real sources of information
July 31, 2012
Commentary by: David Ignatius, Future of Diplomacy Project fellow
Topic: Recent anti-leaking legislation
“The first question to ask about the draconian anti-leaking legislation passed by the Senate intelligence committee last week is whether it applies uniformly to all branches of government that may disclose classified information unlawfully.
And the answer is: Of course not. Members of Congress and their staffs are entirely exempted from the new rules that may require for others more polygraphs, more paperwork and the possible loss of pension benefits. White House and other executive-branch officials (weren’t they the supposed targets?) are also exempt from most of the new rules.”