R41404 – Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication of Classified Defense Information – 8/29/2016

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Criminal Prohibitions on the Publication of Classified Defense Information

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Author: Jennifer K. Elsea, Legislative Attorney
Pages: 32

This report discusses the statutory prohibitions that may be implicated by the unauthorized release of classified defense information, including the Espionage Act; the extraterritorial application of such statutes; and the First Amendment implications related to such prosecutions against domestic or foreign media organizations and associated individuals. The report provides a summary of previous legislative efforts to criminalize the unauthorized disclosure of classified information. Bills: H.R. 4392, H.R. 2943, H.R. 319, H.R. 271, H.R. 363, H.R. 279, H.R. 3066, H.R. 3468, H.R. 6057, H.R. 13602, H.R. 4392