The war on leaks has gone way too far when journalists' emails are under surveillance
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of The Guardian (One of the UK's leading newspapers)
Posted: February 2nd, 2015
The outrageous legal attack on WikiLeaks and its staffers ... is an attack on freedom of the press itself. WikiLeaks has had their Twitter accounts secretly spied on, been forced to forfeit most of their funding after credit card companies unilaterally cut them off, had the FBI place an informant inside their news organization, watched their supporters hauled before a grand jury, and been the victim of the UK spy agency GCHQ hacking of their website and spying on their readers. Now weve learned that, as The Guardian reported on Sunday, the Justice Department got a warrant in 2012 to seize the contents plus the metadata on emails received, sent, drafted and deleted of three WikiLeaks staffers personal Gmail accounts. The tactics used against WikiLeaks by the Justice Department in their war on leaks [are] also used against mainstream news organizations. For example, after the Washington Post revealed in 2013 the Justice Department had gotten a warrant for the personal Gmail account of Fox News reporter James Rosen in 2010 without his knowledge. Despite the ongoing legal pressure, WikiLeaks has continued to publish important documents in the public interest.
Note: In recent years, Wikileaks' radical transparency has made draft texts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership public, and uncovered a secret CIA report that suggests the US governments policy of assassinating foreign 'terrorists' does more harm than good. So who is the real problem here?