The Great Debate

The real lesson from the Hillary Clinton email imbroglio

By Suzanne Garment
March 6, 2015
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her mobile phone before a conference at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her mobile phone before a conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, March 29, 2011. REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/pool

Sometimes leaking classified information is perfectly fine

By Steven Aftergood
June 11, 2012

The brewing controversy over leaks of classified information presumes that disclosures of classified information to unauthorized persons are always impermissible and undesirable. But that presumption does not correspond precisely to the reality of government operations as they are conducted in practice.