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Clamping Down on Press Freedom — Watergate to Present

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The Center for Public Integrity’s Charles Lewis traces government secrecy efforts – “the tension between power and the press, between spinning and searching for truth, between disinformation and information” – from the Pentagon Papers to the Patriot Act. He reminds us that the solicitor general who pressed the administration’s case to suppress publication of the papers later acknowledged that he had never seen “any trace of a threat to the national security” from the publication.