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Is Snowden the New Ellsberg?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Adam Cohen, legal columnist for Time Magazine and lecturer at Yale Law School, breaks down the legal options for NSA document leaker Edward Snowden, and discusses how closely he should be compared to Daniel Ellsberg.

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It's A Free Country ®

WNYC Archive: 40th Anniversary of the Pentagon Papers

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Forty years ago Thursday, the Supreme Court decided 6-3 in favor of the New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case. Officially known as New York Times Company vs. United States, this is the infamous lawsuit in which the administration of President Richard Nixon tried to stop the Times from publishing classified information about Vietnam War decision making. The papers were leaked to the Times by former government military analyst Daniel Ellsberg. The Court ruled that the First Amendment right to freedom of the press trumped the government's right to stop the Times from publishing its secrets. The decision is considered a hallmark of American journalistic freedom.

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