Wikileaks Decides: If The US Gov't Won't Create A Real Shield Law, We'll Shield Journalists Instead

from the technology-to-the-rescue dept

With the US federal gov't continually watering down and limiting any attempt at a federal shield law to help protect journalists from being pressured into revealing their sources, it looks like the site Wikileaks wants to help. It's trying to set up a system, whereby a source can leak information directly to a journalist for a period of time, before Wikileaks goes public with the info. But, either way, Wikileaks promises to protect the source, keeping the journalist separate from the source. While I have no idea if this particular program will actually work, it does show the futility of politicians trying to water down such a shield law. It seems like every time politicians try to do these sorts of things, the internet comes to the rescue with its own solutions.
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    James (profile), 13 Oct 2009 @ 8:09am

    Internet comes to the rescue? Not for long. People think it is great that the US is "giving up" control over the internet. What our governement is "giving up" is having to deal with US law over issues like spying on email and other stuff. better to give it up to the UN who will then allow the governements of the world to do whatver they like in the name of "law inforcement". Just like this pesky "bill of rights". better to give and international police for jurisdiction in all countries of the world. Sorry chaps, feel like your rights were violated? the constutution of the US only protects you from the US government. Not the UN and not INTERPOL.

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