govt should help leakers

Brilliant idea of Bruce Schneier. The idea is that the government should act as a resource of journalists to reach out to, rather than being reflexively antagonistic, misleading, and threatening. If information is leaked and journalists are going to report it, they (the journalists) will have a means of talking to the government before reporting it and redacting material as needed (journalists generally try to do this regardless; they don’t want to release information that will cause harm).

Here’s what should have happened as soon as Snowden’s whistle-blowing became public. The government should have told the reporters and publications with the classified documents something like this: “OK, you have them. We know that we can’t undo the leak. But please let us help. Let us help you secure the documents as you write your stories, and securely dispose of the documents when you’re done.”

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