Is there something particularly American about leaking? Some national allergy to protecting government secrets? Yes, in fact, there is.
The treatment of a reporter by Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in a Montana special election, was either “outrageous” or “totally out of character,” depending on whom you ask.
The reporter tried to get Mr. Price, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, to answer a question about the new health care legislation.
Mr. Abrams, a titan of free speech jurisprudence, says the Twitter trail could be a gift to lawyers defending journalists during leak investigations.
The group had wanted to open an office in Hong Kong, a semiautonomous Chinese city where journalists say press freedom is deteriorating.
As a candidate, the president said he would “open up our libel laws,” but in fact states have the authority to shape those laws.