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Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication of Classified Defense Information

Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication of Classified Defense Information

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Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication of Classified Defense Information
Jennifer K. Elsea Legislative Attorney September 10, 2010

Congressional Research Service 7-5700 www.crs.gov R41404

CRS Report for Congress
Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress

Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication of Classified Defense Information

Summary
The recent online publication of classified defense documents by the organization Wikileaks and subsequent reporting by the New York Times and other n
Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication of Classified Defense Information
Jennifer K. Elsea Legislative Attorney September 10, 2010

Congressional Research Service 7-5700 www.crs.gov R41404

CRS Report for Congress
Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress

Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication of Classified Defense Information

Summary
The recent online publication of classified defense documents by the organization Wikileaks and subsequent reporting by the New York Times and other n

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CRS Report for Congress
Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress
 
 
 
Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication ofClassified Defense Information
Jennifer K. Elsea
Legislative AttorneySeptember 10, 2010
Congressional Research Service
7-5700www.crs.govR41404
 
Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication of Classified Defense Information Congressional Research Service
Summary
The recent online publication of classified defense documents by the organization Wikileaks andsubsequent reporting by the
New York Times
and other news media have focused attention onwhether such publication violates U.S. criminal law. The Attorney General has reportedly statedthat the Justice Department and Department of Defense are investigating the circumstances todetermine whether any prosecutions will be undertaken in connection with the disclosure.The report identifies some criminal statutes that may apply, but notes that these have been usedalmost exclusively to prosecute individuals with access to classified information (and acorresponding obligation to protect it) who make it available to foreign agents, or to foreignagents who obtain classified information unlawfully while present in the United States. Leaks of classified information to the press have only rarely been punished as crimes, and we are aware of no case in which a publisher of information obtained through unauthorized disclosure by agovernment employee has been prosecuted for publishing it. There may be First Amendmentimplications that would make such a prosecution difficult, not to mention political ramificationsbased on concerns about government censorship. To the extent that the investigation implicatesany foreign nationals whose conduct occurred entirely overseas, any resulting prosecution maycarry foreign policy implications related to the exercise of extraterritorial jurisdiction.This report will discuss the statutory prohibitions that may be implicated, including the EspionageAct; the extraterritorial application of such statutes; and the First Amendment implications relatedto such prosecutions against domestic or foreign media organizations and associated individuals. 
 
Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication of Classified Defense Information Congressional Research Service
Contents
Background ................................................................................................................................1
 
Statutory Protection of Classified Information.............................................................................2
 
The Espionage Act................................................................................................................2
 
Other Statutes .......................................................................................................................5
 
Analysis................................................................................................................................6
 
Jurisdictional Reach of Relevant Statutes ....................................................................................7
 
Constitutional Issues...................................................................................................................9
 
Conclusion................................................................................................................................14
 
 
Contacts
Author Contact Information......................................................................................................15
 
 

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