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The mixed legacy of the Pentagon Papers: Secrets, leaks and prosecutions

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In the two decades since the September 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S. government has engaged in “an orgy of unwarranted, often dangerous overclassification of information,” in Judith Miller’s memorable term in her contribution to Bollinger and Stone’s book. (Yes, that Judy Miller. The former Times reporter spent more than 80 days in jail for refusing to testify to a grand jury about the identity of a source. That source, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on charges related to lying to the leak inquiry, but President George W. Bush commuted his sentence before he started to serve it.)

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