On Saturday, President Donald Trump denied a report from the New York Times that claimed the U.S. is ramping up cyber attacks against Russia. Trump called the decision to post the article as a “virtual act of treason.” According to the New York Times report, the U.S. has installed debilitating code inside Russia’s electric power grid.
Trump does have precedent to call for the prosecution of someone who undermines the military operations of the U.S. government. Throughout American history, from the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 to the Espionage and Sedition Acts in 1918, the government has regularly restricted speech in the name of national security. Nowhere in the Constitution is the sharing of national security secrets a protected action for media or anyone else. It is time that those who divulge our secrets to the enemy pay the same price as someone that is caught killing Americans on the battlefield.
The Times claim that President Trump was not even disclosed the information of the cyber attacks. If the information in their report is true, and the New York Times is releasing highly classified information then they are knowingly and willingly damaging our national security. If the information is false then they are negligently damaging international relations with Russia, and therefore damaging our national security.