Max Knoblauch

In January 2010, Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning encrypted hundreds of thousands of classified government documents relating to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the American Government’s involvement onto Lady Gaga CDs. He then shared these classified files with the notoriously pro-transparent government website, WikiLeaks, who then published them online. The New York Times also began publishing the documents. The ensuing uproar (or slight disruption in Kardashian news depending on your preferred news source) reignited the ongoing debate concerning the boundaries of free speech and freedom of the press as set forth in the United States Constitution.

Now, there is no question in my mind as to whether or not the papers are protected by the constitution.The government cannot stop the publication of truthful information when that information deals with matters of public concern, even if the information published could pose a threat to national security. All…

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