Barack Obama dropped this line during his national security speech this week.
“A free press is also essential for a democracy. That’s who we are. And, I’m troubled by the possibility that a leak investigations may chill investigative journalism that holds government accountable. Journalists should not be in legal risk for doing their jobs.“
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But that was on Thursday.
On Friday we found out that the Obama administration fought to keep the search warrant for Rosen’s private e-mail account secret on the grounds that they might need to monitor the account for a long period of time.
The Politico reported:
According to The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, the Obama administration fought to keep the search warrant for Rosen’s private e-mail account secret on the grounds that they might need to monitor the account for a long period of time.
“Ronald C. Machen, Jr., the U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, a former State Department adviser who allegedly leaked classified information to Rosen, insisted that the reporter should not be notified of the search and seizure of his e-mails, even after a lengthy delay,” Lizza writes, citing a court filing.
Machen “argued that disclosure of the search warrant would preclude the government from monitoring the account… [and] added that “some investigations are continued for many years because, while the evidence is not yet sufficient to bring charges, it is sufficient to have identified criminal subjects and/or criminal activity serious enough to justify continuation of the investigation.”