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Federal cases involving unauthorized disclosures to the news media, 1778 to the present

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  1. Protecting Sources and Materials
A comprehensive and comparable list of federal cases involving the leakage of classified information to the news media.

The chart below visualizes the increase in the number of Espionage Act cases against media sources, or “leakers,” and how punishments have increased dramatically over time. It is based on the Reporters Committee’s comprehensive chronological resource of investigations and prosecutions and the subsequent outcomes. Download the full data set below.