Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 20 February 2011, Question 5
I answered a question on government secrets on Philosophy in Action Radio on 20 February 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Should private citizens be legally obliged to keep government secrets? Should it be a crime for private citizens to divulge "top secret" information? That is, if I have no specific security agreement or contract with the government to keep information confidential if I come to possess it through no fault of my own? What if lives are at stake?
My Answer, In Brief: Every person should care deeply about his government's capacity to effectively protect rights, including against foreign aggressors. Hence, the choice to publish government secrets should focus on whether doing so will help protect rights or undermine them.
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