It has Spielberg, Streep, Hanks, and a rollicking great story, but the lawyer at the heart of the Pentagon Papers release says it just doesn’t have the facts on its side.
James C. Goodale, former vice chairman of The New York Times, is the author of “Fighting for the Press: the Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles.”
The secret surveillence court has weighed in on the NSA.
Pentagon papers lawyer James Goodale has seen Holder’s actions before—in Richard Nixon.
James Goodale defended the New York Times during the Pentagon Papers. But Nixon had nothing on Obama, writes the First Amendment lawyer—and that’s bad news for freedom of the press.
As we mark the 40th anniversary of the Pentagon Papers' publication, the Obama administration is doggedly trying to charge Julian Assange and WikiLeaks with conspiracy to commit espionage. Now, as then, it amounts to a misguided effort to criminalize journalism—and should fail, says James C. Goodale.
The agency issued a mea culpa for WikiLeaks last week to little fanfare—but there still won’t be an investigation into its faulty systems. Former NYT General Counsel James C. Goodale asks, where is the outrage?
Like the Pentagon Papers before them, the WikiLeaks documents are embarrassing, but hardly damaging to national security. James C. Goodale offers a way for the government to avoid future such incidents.