What law protects state secrets?
May 26, 2006 10:05 AM Subscribe
What law, specifically, is violated if a government official discloses secret information? For example, if a CIA operative told his cousin about an operation that was supposed to be classified, which law is his guilty of breaking?
posted by jackypaper to Law & Government (7 answers total)
I understand this is a matter related to treason, but our fictional operative isn't selling secrets to the enemy; he's just blabbering to a relative or friend. I assume this person could be jailed for their actions, but what, exactly, would the charge be? What code, law, or regulation prohibits this kind of loose talk?