Some issues with the espionage act?
American University law professor Stephen Vladeck told ABC News that “one of the flaws of the Espionage Act is that it draws no distinction between the leaker or the spy and the recipient of the information, no matter how far downstream the recipient is.”
So far, WikiLeaks has published 1,344 of the quarter-million State Dept. cables now in the group’s possession; the Times has published some selective cables from the large cache. Countless journalists and non-journalists alike have written, blogged, tweeted, shared and discussed information in the classified cables—including, of course, Yahoo News writers.
Therefore, the Espionage Act could affect them, too. Benjamin Wittes, a legal analyst at the Brookings Institution, said that the act would cover any “news stories, all blogging on them, and all dinner party conversations about their contents.” He added that “taken at its word, the Espionage Act makes felons of us all.”