Senators want WikiLeaks excluded from shield law
Thu Aug 5
By Michael Calderone
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.