The disclosure of 92,000 classified military documents about the war in Afghanistan by WikiLeaks followed by related stories in The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel surely didn’t happen without the benefit of legal counsel advising on the potential First Amendment and national security issues arising from their publication.

A note to readers published by The Times on its website highlights just how sensitive — and potentially dangerous — much of the information is. The Times states that it cross-checked data, chose not to publish information that would harm national security interests, redacted the names of diplomats, field operatives and military commanders, and avoided reporting on anything that could jeopardize U.S. and allied intelligence-gathering methods. (The Times‘ reports were independent of what WikiLeaks itself published on a special site set up for the disclosures, and what was published by The Guardian and Der Spiegel.)

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]om