Thursday, January 31, 2008

Is it a "Confidential" or "Free and Open" Society?

Though a bit off-topic from the usual subject matter of this Blog, I couldn’t resist highlighting the following statement from Martha K. Levin, executive vice president and publisher of the Free Press, which published James Risen’s 2006 book, State of War.

Mr. Risen, a reporter for The New York Times, was issued a subpoena by a federal grand jury apparently to try to force him to reveal his confidential sources for material in the book about the Central Intelligence Agency.

The Times reported that Ms. Levin’s statement said that “the ability to publish confidentially sourced information about our government’s practices and policies is one of the bedrock principles of a free and open society.”

I wonder if she is aware of the juxtaposition of “confidentially sourced information” with “free and open society.”

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