The Leak Scare

A government afraid of itself.

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The other man is Julian Assange, who in 2006 laid out as clear a statement of his intentions as you’ll find. “The more secretive or unjust an organization is, the more leaks induce fear and paranoia in its leadership and planning coterie,” the WikiLeaks founder wrote. That fear will engender more secrecy, he continued, which in turn will make it harder for the institution to act. The Insider Threat Program suggests that Assange was on to something.

So does another development. After the WikiLeaks cables came out, and again after the Snowden revelations, many federal workers found that they couldn’t access Web sites with news reports about the leaks. If that publicly available material found its way to an Army employee’s computer, the Monterey County Herald reported in June, the authorities might respond with “the wipe or destruction of the computer’s hard drive.” The information was still officially classified, you see.

And so the war on leaks degenerates to a government deliberately destroying its property to keep its staffers from catching sight of publicly available information.

Now there’s an enemy within.

This article originally appeared in The Washington Post.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Another public relations hit on the Obama Administration is akin to another terror attack on the entire nation. We as a people just couldn't survive it.

  • ||

    A lot of these "indicators" that they use a really trying to estimate the the probability of being susceptible to bribery, or taking bribes: someone getting divorced, with financial problems, drinking, suddenly buying a new house and a new car, etc.

    Good luck trying to detect a Snowden without blacklisting people who like Ron Paul.

  • Jam||

    I've come to believe if everyone knows everything about everyone, it hurts those in/seeking power. while we all rightfully have secrets, they don't matter if you keep to yourself.

    also a massive dose of insecurity that motivates one seeking power over others, maybe/hopefully leading to more power paranoia.

  • Ornithorhynchus||

    Someone really ought to write a book about the history of conspiracy theories and related panics in the US.

  • MoreFreedom||

    You apparently missed the ad for Walker's book:

  • JWatts||

    Attacks on the Obama Administration are racist, obviously.

  • Adam.||

    I can only hope the beast eats itself before it crushes the rest of us. A few more Snodens and we might just be off to the races.


    Your best friend's Mom gives me that money so I will stay nice and not put her out working the street again.

  • grey||

    We are all enemies of the State.


    an informed taxpayer who has read and understands the constitution, and believes we need to reduce our spending on useless 'security' programs which do far more to undermine liberty than protect Americans lives?

    That person is the Enemy of The Bureaucracy. They must be stopped.

  • PH2050||

    What's the libertarian/Reason's take on something like Brinian Transparency?

  • Dave Krueger||

    The latest example is a crackdown on leaks that has the government crippled by a fear of its own employees.

    I think this is a great opportunity for federal employees to redeem themselves by actually realizing the government's fears.

  • Anders||

    It is a shame the government is more focused on the PR implications of 'leaks' than on any kind of, well...uh, security related ones.

    The reason the truth about Benghazi is such a threat is not because it damages America, it's because it exposes the utter corruption and psychopathy of the current regime.

  • Jon Lester||

    Were you thinking of the track "Disconnected" when you chose the Fear graphic?

  • crufus||

    A oldie but goodie.
    McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means "the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism."

    I have a list of 205 potential leakers!

  • Voros McCracken||

    Lee Ving is a true renaissance man.

  • gimmeasammich||

    She don't like salami, she don't want pastrami
    She don't want a chicken, she don't want a roast
    She just wants her double dose of my

    Beef, beef, beef, beef balogna!

  • darlajtyson||

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  • RussianPrimeMinister||

    How long do you think it'll be before we get the leak about the gigantic, government sponsored orgies that go on in the Lincoln Bedroom every third Saturday of the month?

    You know how Obama and Hillary like it. Snooty and dry.

  • MoreFreedom||

    I was very happy that Snowden and Manning released the info that they did. It led to senior government officials blatantly lying to Congress and the public, and being caught in their lies.

    I wasn't so happy that the MSM seems to want to ignore the story, and let the unconstitutional spying continue. Perhaps they'll change their tune when a Republican is elected president. If a Republican uses the power of government to harass his liberal political opponents who didn't object to Obama doing it, that would be justice. But I don't really want my country to be one where those in power, use that power for their own purposes, rather than doing what government is supposed to do (protect our liberties).


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