The brouhaha surrounding the release of State Department cables by WikiLeaks has raised a few questions that I’d like explore further.
- What is the Constitutional basis for the right of our government to declare certain information secret?
- Is the release of classified government information in and of itself seditious?
- Where do we draw the line between sedition and political expression?
- 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.