Now even the left admits we have an out-of-control thug in the White House. Just have a look at some of the tweets coming from coming from leftwing reporters and columnists this morning over the outrageous surveillance of FNC’s James Rosen.
They obviously understand if Obama can get away with this then freedom of the press is a thing of the past.
Former Time reporter Jay Carney should be in for a long day defending this latest Obama scandal. Glenn Greenwald unloads here.
It is now well known that the Obama justice department has prosecuted more government leakers under the 1917 Espionage Act than all prior administrations combined – in fact, double the number of all such prior prosecutions. But as last week’s controversy over the DOJ’s pursuit of the phone records of AP reporters illustrated, this obsessive fixation in defense of secrecy also targets, and severely damages, journalists specifically and the newsgathering process in general.
New revelations emerged yesterday in the Washington Post that are perhaps the most extreme yet when it comes to the DOJ’s attacks on press freedoms. It involves the prosecution of State Department adviser Stephen Kim, a naturalized citizen from South Korea who was indicted in 2009 for allegedly telling Fox News’ chief Washington correspondent, James Rosen, that US intelligence believed North Korea would respond to additional UN sanctions with more nuclear tests – something Rosen then reported. Kim did not obtain unauthorized access to classified information, nor steal documents, nor sell secrets, nor pass them to an enemy of the US. Instead, the DOJ alleges that he merely communicated this innocuous information to a journalist – something done every day in Washington – and, for that, this arms expert and long-time government employee faces more than a decade in prison for “espionage”.
The Obama administration long ago declared war on Fox News. Who knew they would so casually break the law pursuing it?