Larry Franklin and the New York Times NSA leaks

Pinch Sulzberger, meet Larry Franklin. The publisher of the New York Times had better pay attention to the fate of Mr. Franklin. Last Friday, US District Judge T. S. Ellis III sentenced Pentagon employee Larry Franklin to just over 12 years in prison for his role in providing classified Department of Defense documents to two former employees of AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee), Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, and to a diplomat, Naor Gilon of Israel.  Virtually all the coverage of the sentencing focused on the implications for Rosen and Weissman in their upcoming trial.  But the real story of the sentencing, and the Judge's comments on Friday, are what they might reveal about the risk to media leakers and publishers of classified information, such as those who provided information for the NSA surveillance story published by the New York Times. Franklin's sentence was on the low end of federal sentencing guidelines, and followed a guilty plea he made to...(Read Full Article)