America’s Love Affair With Leaks

By Samantha Grant

British leaders and American officials are in debate over the leakage of shared intelligence from the Manchester Arena attacks that occurred on Monday, May 22nd.

After American officials announced the name of the concert bomber and the New York times ran photographs of crime scene evidence, Prime Minister Theresa May and fellow British officials complained about the leaks that should have been top secret.

The question that arises from this issue is not in regards to this specific case, but rather about how America tends to neglect secrecy and carelessly release information.

In a New York Times article, Steven Aftergood, the director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists explained his reasoning for America’s sloppy actions.

“To sum up what distinguishes the United States in a nutshell: It’s the First Amendment,” said Steven Aftergood, the director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. “The concept of a free press has been integral to the American idea since its inception. That’s not true even of other democracies. The press here even has the right to be irresponsible, which it sometimes is.”

 

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