Aaron Cantu could face up to 75 years in prison
Obama used the Espionage Act to put a record number of reporters’ sources in jail, and Trump could be even worse
The Obama administration prosecuted eight people for sharing information with journalists.
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.
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.