Case 1- Wikileaks V U.S

It was very surprising to see how the justices voted in the case deciding 7-1 in favor of Wikileaks. Although their rational makes sense in how the case was presented which asked the question of whether Wikileaks was one a creditable news source and two whether they threatened national security. But the thing that is the most surprising is that only one justice thought that national security was violated when Wikileaks released highly classified government information. Information does not normally become highly classified without good reason so for the court to decide that an informed public is more important than possible national security is very progressive decision. Throughout the justices deliberations many of the justices said that the information Wikileaks released has caused no serious threat no national security and that might be true but the ruling of this case will now set the precedent for all future cases involving similar subject matter. So just because this case in particular didn’t compromise national security a future case might, and the releasing of that information will be justifiable due to the ruling of this case. Ultimately the ruling of this case will affect journalist in positive and negative ways, it will give journalist more freedom to inform the public of what is really going on behind the scenes of the government, but at the same time journalist now have an increased responsibility to filter what the public needs to know and what is just too dangerous to release because of its threat to national security.

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