Richard Nixon

How the Espionage Act morphed into a dangerous tool used to prosecute sources and threaten journalists

Since the Nixon administration, the federal government has tried to use the Espionage Act of 1917 as a tool against the press several times.

Woodrow Wilson and William Howard Taft

America’s ‘Official Secrets Act’ — the long, sad history of the 100 year-old Espionage Act

When President Woodrow Wilson advocated for press censorship during World War I, Congress responded by passing the Espionage Act of 1917. One hundred years later, the law still poses a serious threat to journalists’ First Amendment rights.

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