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Freemason Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) want WikiLeaks excluded from Journalist shield law

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Senators want WikiLeaks excluded from shield law

Thu Aug 5

By Michael Calderone

Senator Charles Schumer
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Congress has talked for years about enacting a federal shield law to protect journalists from revealing their sources.

But national security concerns have long been the biggest hurdle in actually getting it done. So [Freemason] Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Dianne Feinstein of California are trying to make sure WikiLeaks' recent publication of classified documents on the war in Afghanistan doesn't kill the current bill's chances if considered this fall.

[Freemason] Schumer, in a release Wednesday, made a clear distinction between WikiLeaks and outlets that engage in "legitimate newsgathering activities."

[Freemason] Schumer claims that WikiLeaks already wouldn't be protected under the current bill because it doesn't fit the criteria of a news organization and given existent national security provisions.

Still, by explicitly excluding WikiLeaks, the senators may hope to avoid debate on the floor over whether "stateless" organizations like WikiLeaks get federal protection.

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