Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication of Classified Defense Information

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The recent online publication of classified defense documents by the organization WikiLeaks and subsequent reporting by the New York Times and other news media have focused attention on whether such publication violates U.S. criminal law. The Justice Department and Department of Defense are investigating the circumstances to determine whether any prosecutions will be undertaken in connection with the disclosure. This report identifies some criminal statutes that may apply and also discusses the statutory prohibitions that may be implicated, such as the Espionage Act.

Creator(s): Elsea, Jennifer K.
Location(s): United States
Creation Date: December 6, 2010
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Elsea, Jennifer K.

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Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
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  • Creation: December 6, 2010
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The recent online publication of classified defense documents by the organization WikiLeaks and subsequent reporting by the New York Times and other news media have focused attention on whether such publication violates U.S. criminal law. The Justice Department and Department of Defense are investigating the circumstances to determine whether any prosecutions will be undertaken in connection with the disclosure. This report identifies some criminal statutes that may apply and also discusses the statutory prohibitions that may be implicated, such as the Espionage Act.

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21 pages.

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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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