Magazine July 19, 2010, Issue

Saving Truth

Traffic moves down Pennsylvania Avenue with the Capitol building in the background in Washington, D.C., August 12, 2009. (Molly Riley/Reuters)
Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law, by Gabriel Schoenfeld (Norton, 309 pp., $27.95)

The government’s struggle to protect sensitive national-security information continues, even in the age of Obama. In April, a federal grand jury indicted Thomas Drake, a former National Security Agency official, on ten felony charges arising from his alleged leaking of classified information about secret NSA programs to a Baltimore Sun reporter.

A few weeks earlier, Attorney General Eric Holder had approved a subpoena addressed to New York Times reporter James Risen, ordering him to appear before a grand jury to answer questions regarding his confidential source for a chapter in his 2006 book, State of War, about the CIA’s attempts to

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