In defense of leaks

Cover illustration for leaks story -- artwork shows evil and good sides of a faceThe August edition of Editor and Publisher magazine includes a feature article I wrote in defense of leaks. “Leaks” often describe any unauthorized disclosure of either classified or unclassified information, and those disclosures are the basis for a great deal of daily news reporting that benefits the public interest.

There have been efforts in the past to shut down “leaks,” however any efforts to curtail all leaks is misguided and harms the public’s access to reliable, accurate information about global events and the challenges facing the U.S.

In the article, I argue only those disclosures that may potentially cause specific harm to the national defense should be of most concern. Journalists who cover national security and foreign affairs routinely handle information responsibly.