It is now well known that the Obama justice department has prosecuted more government leakers under the 1917 Espionage Act than all prior administrations combined - in fact, double the number of all such prior prosecutions. But as last week's controversy over the DOJ's pursuit of the phone records of AP reporters
illustrated, this obsessive fixation in defense of secrecy also
targets, and severely damages, journalists specifically and the
newsgathering process in general.