Jake Tapper was rather prescient more than a year ago when he described how whistle-blowing was bound to go under the Obama administration.
The CNN anchor, then working as ABC News’ White House correspondent, criticized White House Press Secretary Jay Carney back in February 2012 for how the administration invoked the Espionage Act of 1917 to prosecute whistle-blowers, according to a column by David Carr in the New York Times. He suggested that Obama’s team believed that “the truth should come out abroad; it shouldn’t come out here.”
When it comes to Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency surveillance leak, Tapper turned out to be, at the very least, partly right.
The U.S. edition of the Guardian, a British news organization, was first to break the story when it published an article by its Brazil-based journalist Glenn Greenwald. The Washington Post had little choice but to follow suit shortly thereafter.
Then, the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, where Snowden fled to before leaking his cache of secret NSA data and documents, landed the second blockbuster interview with him.
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Now, Snowden is seeking asylum in Iceland after being charged by the U.S. government with theft of government property and espionage. Two of the charges levied against him are alleged violations of the Espionage Act.