A comprehensive examination of national security laws and the tensions between the public’s right to know, and the government’s right to protect its interests.

A compilation of thoughtful essays that look at the constitutional foundations and limitations of the U.S. government in a contemporary context, this book examines how laws and freedoms collide in cases where individuals leak information to the media. The book clearly explains how the U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted laws that pit freedoms against government interests, and considers how the Internet world and big data are affecting privacy. It is a practical guide, in easy-to-understand language that journalists, lawyers, and government officials will find to be of great value.

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