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Secrets and LeaksThe Dilemma of State Secrecy$
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Rahul Sagar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691168180

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691168180.001.0001

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Who Watches the Watchers?

Who Watches the Watchers?

(p.1) Introduction Who Watches the Watchers?
Secrets and Leaks

Rahul Sagar

Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter explains that the book explores the question of whether state secrecy threatens the interests of citizens or whether it actually furthers them. It examines a means by which citizens and lawmakers can be—and indeed are—alerted to wrongdoing: unauthorized disclosures of classified information. It argues that the possibility of unauthorized disclosures provides the most effective and credible guarantee that those who have the formal authority over state secrecy cannot systematically use it to their own advantage. The book considers whether the judicial review of state secrecy has been deferential, and, if so, whether such deference can be justified. It also discusses the practice of leaking as a practical means by which officials could alert citizens and lawmakers to wrongdoing. The chapter provides an overview of the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   state secrecy, unauthorized disclosures, classified information, judicial review, leaking, wrongdoing

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