Information Rights and Wrongs

The brouhaha surrounding the release of State Department cables by WikiLeaks has raised a few questions that I’d like explore further.

  1. What is the Constitutional basis for the right of our government to declare certain information secret?
  2. Is the release of classified government information in and of itself seditious?
  3. Where do we draw the line between sedition and political expression?
  4. Does the logic of trade secrets, used by private interests to protect information from others, apply to our governments?

I don’t have fully informed answers to these questions at the moment, but these current events present us with an excellent opportunity for this discussion to occur.