Floyd Abrams Takes on WikiLeaks
12:43 PM, Dec 29, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
As America’s premier First Amendment lawyer, Floyd Abrams is a force to be reckoned with. The force is on display at full power in today’s Wall Street Journal, where he takes up the subject of WikiLeaks and offers a very dim view of the activities of Julian Assange. Among other things, Mr. Abrams contrasts the WikiLeaks data dumps to the leak of the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times back in 1971 in which Mr. Abrams represented the newspaper. As Mr. Abrams notes,
I offered my own view of the Pentagon Papers recently in National Affairs. But an outstanding account can also be found in Mr. Abrams’s 2005 book, Speaking Freely. Among other memorable gems, it explains the extraordinarily amusing precedent Mr. Abrams set when he came to appear before the United States Supreme Court wearing only one sock.