Friday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a major crackdown on the leaking of classified information, as an unprecedented amount of leaks have been sent to the media from within the White House since President Trump took office.
Sessions said that the Justice Department has already charged four people with unlawfully disclosing classified material, and warned that the Department of Justice is “open for business.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) promptly issued a statement condemning the DOJ announcement, claiming that the crackdown is a threat to whistleblowers and journalists.
The statement reads:
“Every American should be concerned about the Trump administration’s threat to step up its efforts against whistleblowers and journalists. A crackdown on leaks is a crackdown on the free press and on democracy as a whole.
“Our founders understood that democracy depends on an informed citizenry, and leaders can’t be trusted to disclose vital information that reflects poorly on themselves. These first months of the Trump administration dramatically illustrate that point. Can anyone seriously argue that our country would be better off if the public received all of its information through official channels alone?”
Former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton, shot out a Twitter post Friday morning, announcing that she “just donated to @ACLU” in protest of the DOJ crackdown on leaks.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 4, 2017
She also re-tweeted another suggestion to donate to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Committee to Protect Journalists and Society of Professional Journalists.
Pls also consider donating to: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Committee to Protect Journalists, Society of Professnl Journos https://t.co/DTzVZld9Qx
— E.B. Boyd (Liza) (@ebboyd) August 4, 2017
All this from someone whose mother’s presidential campaign was exposed by WikiLeaks, as emails from both John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager, and the Democratic National Committee were hacked and make public during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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