Date of Award
Master of Arts
The mainstream press and the United States government have found harmony in the still relatively undefined rules regarding the balance between national security and free press. While the government tried a handful of individuals and groups under the Espionage Act in the early 20th century, the press has avoided such trials. Even during the Pentagon Papers case, the government only sought an injunction against publication, which was ultimately not supported by the Supreme Court of the United States. The 21st century presents a new set of challenges for this unwritten peace. Wikileaks may be the proverbial guinea pig in determining how the balance between national security and an informed public will be interpreted in the new, digital century. This thesis explores what changes the organization could face, what an impact such a precedent could have on the future of journalism, and how the American public may be better served with a legislative, rather than judicial, solution.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Perkins, Brian Mitchell, "Opposing Interests: How Wikileaks Forces a Redrawing of the Battle Lines Between the First Amendment and National Security" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 675.