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How free is our freedom of the press?

How free is our freedom of the press?

(5:13) The First Amendment gives the press the right to publish secret information if it is in the public interest. Freedom of the Press Foundation co-founder Trevor Timm traces the recent history of US government action against whistleblowers and advocates for technology that can help them do it safely and anonymously. TEDtalks June 2016.

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Guest: (517 days ago)

Difference between whistle blower and a leaker. When you have top secret information and you hand that out, that's leaking and is illegal. Snowden was a leaker, not a whistle blower.

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Difference between whistle blower and a leaker. When you have top secret information and you hand that out, that's leaking and is illegal. Snowden was a leaker, not a whistle blower.

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WalterEgo WalterEgo (517 days ago)

What if the top secret information uncovers illegal activity, like CIA waterboarding?

Or what if the top secret information should not be top secret, like TPP negotiations or the NSA tracking your every communication?

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What if the top secret information uncovers illegal activity, like CIA waterboarding?

Or what if the top secret information should not be top secret, like TPP negotiations or the NSA tracking your every communication?

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Guest: (517 days ago)

Waterboarding was not illegal. It was not considered to be a form of torture at that time. But your question about if it was illegal, then you should reveal that through proper channels -- not leak it to the media.

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Waterboarding was not illegal. It was not considered to be a form of torture at that time. But your question about if it was illegal, then you should reveal that through proper channels -- not leak it to the media.

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TheBob TheBob (517 days ago)

Not illegal: just following orders, mein fuehrer

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Not illegal: just following orders, mein fuehrer

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Casey Casey (516 days ago)

Snowden did go through proper channels and saw nothing was going to be done. Do you really think going to the govt. to complain about the govt. is going to result in anything being done? Ask those others who have done the same and lost their jobs etc. Snowden was left with no other choice, it was a moral decision for him and he knew the consequences. He's a hero and a true patriot.

Apart from that though it never fails to amaze me how we are constantly and increasingly under threat from our supposed elected officials no matter which side of the aisle they're from. There is something inherently wrong here and I believe that is what's causing the backlash against the status quo all over the world.

As I've always maintained our greatest threat is not some bogeyman or corporation etc, it's our own government.

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Snowden did go through proper channels and saw nothing was going to be done. Do you really think going to the govt. to complain about the govt. is going to result in anything being done? Ask those others who have done the same and lost their jobs etc. Snowden was left with no other choice, it was a moral decision for him and he knew the consequences. He's a hero and a true patriot.

Apart from that though it never fails to amaze me how we are constantly and increasingly under threat from our supposed elected officials no matter which side of the aisle they're from. There is something inherently wrong here and I believe that is what's causing the backlash against the status quo all over the world.

As I've always maintained our greatest threat is not some bogeyman or corporation etc, it's our own government.

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Guest: (516 days ago)

Releasing information regarding collection of meta data has not stopped the government from doing it. It just revealed the technique to the terrorists so now they make it more difficult to track by using disposable mobile phones.

If I knew the location of all the nuclear missiles in the country and their launch codes and felt the country shouldn't have nuclear weapons as a moral issue, I should be obligated to release that information to the media then. I know disclosing this information to higher levels of government wouldn't do anything about it so that is my only recourse.

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Releasing information regarding collection of meta data has not stopped the government from doing it. It just revealed the technique to the terrorists so now they make it more difficult to track by using disposable mobile phones.

If I knew the location of all the nuclear missiles in the country and their launch codes and felt the country shouldn't have nuclear weapons as a moral issue, I should be obligated to release that information to the media then. I know disclosing this information to higher levels of government wouldn't do anything about it so that is my only recourse.

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Casey Casey (516 days ago)

No, it hasn't stopped the govt. spying on us but that's not Snowdens fault, it just goes to show how the govt. now acts according to what it wants rather than the people or law demands.

As for your nuclear argument, well Snowden approached the newspapers for a reason, they are a third, supposedly independent, party and are supposed to keep the govt. in check by informing the public on relevant matters. I would find it hard to believe they would publish the launch codes etc. as you suggest.

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No, it hasn't stopped the govt. spying on us but that's not Snowdens fault, it just goes to show how the govt. now acts according to what it wants rather than the people or law demands.

As for your nuclear argument, well Snowden approached the newspapers for a reason, they are a third, supposedly independent, party and are supposed to keep the govt. in check by informing the public on relevant matters. I would find it hard to believe they would publish the launch codes etc. as you suggest.

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Guest: (516 days ago)

But you would also agree that releasing that information to the media would not be appropriate.

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But you would also agree that releasing that information to the media would not be appropriate.

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Casey Casey (515 days ago)
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On the contrary releasing that info. to the media is probably the safest thing they could do. No media outlet that valued its business would publish such a thing and would contact authorities immediately regarding it.

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On the contrary releasing that info. to the media is probably the safest thing they could do. No media outlet that valued its business would publish such a thing and would contact authorities immediately regarding it.

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