The New York Times, the Washington Post and law professor Jonathan Turley are suffering a severe case of nerves about Attorney General Gonzales's statement that the law may require prosecution of reporters who publish government secrets. Today's WaPo editorial refers, again, to the wrong part of the law in the growing hysteria about the libs idea that the Bush administration is trying to violate the First Amendment and do something the law has never allowed. (Hat tip to the PowerLine guys for a reminder on what's really the law).
The law that governs the James Risen - NSA terrorist surveillance leak situation is 18 US Code Section 798, which deals with the unauthorized disclosure or use of information regarding signals intelligence. It says, in part:
(a) Whoever knowingly and willfully communicates, furnishes,