Secrets, lies and patriotic leaks.


We have the recent news about Russian hacking of the November election thanks to a leaker who has now been indicted. According to today’s NYT, “In a statement, the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein (said)… ‘Releasing classified material without authorization threatens our nation’s security and undermines public faith in government… People who are trusted with classified information and pledge to protect it must be held accountable when they violate that obligation.'” (Emphasis added.)

Sadly, the AG is apparently taking no action with respect to President Trump who “declassifies” military intelligence, uncounselled and on a whim (threatening our nation’s security and undermining the international community’s trust in our government) and who routinely lies to the American public in the performance of duties he undertook pursuant to oath (undermining the American public’s faith in the government.)

The election hack leaker has been indicted for enabling publication of the truth. Sometimes being a leaker is an act of patriotism. Now may be one of those times. There have been others. The linked episode of the podcast “Reveal” (below) tells the story about one of those times — the leaking and publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971.  Even if you think you know the story, the podcast is worth your time.