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Governments try to keep secrets. The press tries to learn and publish them. The courts try to strike the appropriate balance between the public’s right to be protected against disclosures that might put it at risk, on the one hand, and the public’s right to know about secrets that might cause it to change governmental policies, on the other. It is a delicate balancing act, but an essential one in a democracy that must fight its wars with both secrecy and accountability.