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    4 Minute Roundup: Politicians Don’t Want Wikileaks Protected

    by Mark Glaser
    August 6, 2010
    Wikileaks senior volunteer Jacob Appelbaum was recently detained by U.S. customs in New York when traveling to speak at DefCon


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    In this week’s 4MR podcast I look at the recent move by U.S. senators to amend a Federal journalist shield bill to exclude Wikileaks. Many lawmakers are angry at the whistle-blower site for sharing thousands of classified documents about the Afghan war. But what does this mean for a possible shield law, which already passed the House and a Senate committee? I talked with MediaShift legal analyst Rob Arcamona about the move by senators and whether the U.S. could really hold Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange accountable.

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    Listen to my entire interview with Rob Arcamona:

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    Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

    Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

    After Afghan War Leaks, Revisions in a Shield Bill at NY Times

    Wikileaks editor interrogated by US border police at the Independent

    WikiLeaks and a journalism shield law at the L.A. Times

    Schumer, Feinstein Support Prosecution of WikiLeaks at NRO’s The Corner

    Latest Attempt To Create Federal Journalism Shield Law May Carve Wikileaks Out Of The Protections at TechDirt

    Schumer Aims to Exclude Wikileaks From Media Shield Bill at FoxNews.com

    Senate Tweaking Shield Bill In Wake of Wikileaks at Broadcasting & Cable

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    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.


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    Tagged: jacob appelbaum julian assange press freedom rob arcamona shield law us senate wikileaks
    • Marc

      Exactly why a shield law is a bad idea: The government hand picks the media.

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