Yochai Benkler: A Public Accountability Defense for National Security Leakers and Whistleblowers

A quote from the essay by Benkler from 8(2) Harv. Rev. L. & Policy, July 2014: ”If legitimacy crisis, rather than technological change, is the primary driver of the increase since 2002 of the particular class of leaks that is most important in a democracy, then the present prosecutorial deviation from a long tradition of using informal rather than criminal sanctions represents a substantial threat to democracy. In particular, it threatens public accountability for violations of human and civil rights, abuses of emergency powers, and unchecked expansion of the national security establishment itself.” Link to the essay. ES

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