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First Amendment Guru Floyd Abrams on the WikiLeaks Situation

Published on July 28, 2010
by Ashby Jones

On Monday morning, we did some looking into the legal issues surrounding WikiLeaks’ decision to unveil some 92,000 previously classified documents on the public, in connection with a handful of media outlets.

The bottom line, some First Amendment experts informed us: the government certainly had the right to go after and punish the person within the military who leaked the information. But logistical and legal concerns dictate that civil or criminal charges against WikiLeaks or any of the three publications that published the information are probably not gonna come.

WSJ editor Alan Murray continued to fill in the picture Wednesday morning in this chat with legendary First Amendment lawyer and Cahill Gordon partner Floyd Abrams.

We highly recommend checking out the video of their lively conversation.

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