Wikileaks should not be not protected by the First Amendment. Nor do I think it is legally. My viewpoint on this matter is not likely to be very popular with my fellow journalists. All are free to try and change my opinion, however, I do feel strongly about this.
I fully support the concept of freedom of the press. However, at the same time, there must be a limit to those freedoms as well. Acquiring and releasing classified and/or secret documents without prior approval is a violation of the law. And in some situations, it can even be deemed to be treason
Wikileaks should not be afforded First Amendment rights in this situation. Nor should the media outlets which are filing stories and reprinting portions of the leaked information. At least not in regard to this matter. (continue reading…)