Classified Documents: Secrecy vs. Citizenship

Aftergood, Steven
March 2008
Nieman Reports;Spring2008, Vol. 62 Issue 1, p19
The article reflects on the words of former U.S. Attorney Paul McNulty on the use of classified information. According to McNulty, those unauthorized to receive classified information must resist the temptation to acquire it. The author claims he frequently pursues the temptation that McNulty warned against, and communicates it to others who were likewise unauthorized. He says McNulty's words encapsulate some disturbingly prevalent attitudes towards classified information, the press and the public.


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