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Originally posted by Bedlam
edit: PS, for the rest of you, it's 18 USC 794 that's the scary one.
......except that the sentence of death shall not be imposed unless the jury or, if there is no jury, the court, further finds that the offense resulted in the identification by a foreign power (as defined in section 101(a) of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978) of an individual acting as an agent of the United States and consequently in the death of that individual, ...
Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
reply to post by mf_luder
I have a theoretical question,
IF somehow, you found a cable labeled as confidential or secret or whatever, and IF it indicated that your government was going to take military action against the citizens of this country in order to take over America by force and dispense with our Constitution, would you leak it?
Or would your loyalty be to the word "secret" at the expense of your Constitution?
Mind you, there is no such cable, I am not saying or implying there is. I am just curious how YOU feel you would choose. Your bosses? Or your Constitution?
Thanks for the chance to help. I am an attorney with over 12 years military law experience.
Linking to "wikileaks" is not a crime if you do not otherwise have a duty to safeguard the information.
To prosecute a person for release of classified information, the government would need to prove a duty to not release. Every person who has access to classified information has a duty to safeguard that information...so if your are in that position, you have a clearance and access to classified information, it would be a crime to release that information.
But to post a link to a publicly available website would not violate any US law.
BEST way is to just link. The recent "wikileaks" is a good example...in that case the government is trying to "stop the leak"...if you simply link, when the government shuts down the link, its done. If you quote, you may find your page shut down as well.
Not a crime, but could land you with a demand to change you page or face having your page shut down.