Since Edward Snowden’s revelations of NSA mass surveillance, US government officials have alleged journalists’ reporting on these revelations as criminal. Although the US government has not officially charged any reporters with a crime related to reporting NSA activity, several high officials have clearly expressed a desire to do so. This raises deep concerns about American’s right to freedom of the press guaranteed by the Constitution.
National Security Agency (NSA) director Keith Alexander said in an October 2013 interview:
I think it’s wrong that newspaper reporters have all these documents, the 50,000 — whatever they have and are selling them and giving them out as if these — you know it just doesn’t make sense. We ought to come up with a way of stopping it. I don’t know how to do that. That’s more of the courts and the policymakers but, from my perspective, it’s wrong to allow this to go on.