Request of the Espionage Act of 1917

Request of the Espionage Act of 1917 has since its
original passage during World War I.  Adapting to fit the need to
protect national security during wartime and peacetime, the Act
applies to both American citizens and foreign nationals and
extends beyond the physical borders of the United States.  The
advent of computer technology, and perhaps even more
highly, the Internet, has created newer and faster modes of
intelligence acquisition, transfer, theft, communication, and
publication.  Courts have consistently apparent a line between the
person who leaks intelligence that threatens national security and
the person or institution that publishes the leaked intelligence that
threatens national security.  The equilibrium between national security
and freedom of the press has been respected, but when modern
technologies blur the line between leaking and publishing
classified data the balance can no longer be so maintain. The recent
Wick Leaks argument has highlighted the impact
of technology on application of the Espionage Act to publication of
sensitive government information.  As a foreign nationwide, Assuage
could still be subject to prosecution if the U.S. government could
show he acted as a communicator of dangerous national security
information rather than as a traditional associate of the pres.

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