Peter Scheer of the California First Amendment Coalition notes that it is ironic the U.S. Justice Department, along with several media organizations, is paying a settlement to Wen Ho Lee, who accused the government of leaking damaging information about him to the press. Scheer points out that this is the same Justice Deparment that is currently investigating leaks to the New York Times and Washington Post, and has indicated that news organizations could be prosecuted criminally for stories based on leaked national security information. Scheer, a journalist and an attorney, views the $1.6 million settlement with Lee to be a victory for the press, and he points out that he media is not without blame in this case.

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