SECRET Document Reveals Fmr CIA Director’s Plan to Make Reading WikiLeaks a Crime

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
By Paul Martin

A declassified CIA report called for legislation that would allow for the prosecution of anyone in possession of classified information—including journalists and readers.

By Jay Syrmopoulos
TheFreeThoughtProject.com
September 19, 2017

Washington, DC – A SECRET declassified report by then-CIA Director William Casey, titled, Unauthorized Disclosures to the Media proposed creating legislation that would make possession of classified information a criminal offense.

At the time that would make anyone reading a New York Times article with classified information, or WikiLeaks in the modern-era, criminally liable and able to be prosecuted by the state.

Although Casey was in favor of creating new legislation to specifically target media leaks, as well as those who come to possess those leaks (journalists or readers), he argued against utilization of the Espionage Act to prosecute leakers.

The former CIA Director reasoned that using the Espionage Act to target leakers was extreme, excessive and was akin to “driving tacks with a sledgehammer.”

While Casey acknowledged that the media was conflicted in their obligations, he conceded that it’s the job of the media to inform the public.

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