Law

World War II Leak Case Is a Win for Edward Snowden

Court allows grand jury testimony to be unsealed in the interest of history.

Let's go back to the Battle of Midway ...

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The secrecy rules for grand juries contain no exceptions for cases with historical importance. In an important victory for historians, however, a divided appeals court is unsealing testimony from a 1942 leak investigation after the Battle of Midway. The decision, which was opposed by the Obama administration, sheds some light on the debate about whether the leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden were justified by historic importance or were an inexcusable violation of national security.

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