Why Haven't There Been More Espionage Act Prosecutions?

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    Blowback on the Press
    By Michael Barone, U.S. News & World Report
    Printed in 5/8/06 issue

    Blowback is what happens when the consequence of actions you have taken come full circle and slap you in the face. That happened to us in Afghanistan after we supported the mujahideen against the Soviets and then Muslim fighters installed the Taliban. Now we may be seeing blowback against the press. Last month the New York Times and the Washington Post won Pulitzer Prizes for their stories on National Security Agency surveillance and CIA secret prisons in eastern Europe. Soon they may be getting subpoenas.

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    Probably a combination of a lack of evidence and difficulty in proving the charges. The mens rea - mental element - for the offence is quite complex I believe, that requires a lot of solid evidence to make a case. But if it were very easy to prove then it could be used as a powerful domestic weapon against dissent.
     
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    Commie spies among visiting Chinese academics...
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    Chinese dissident in US warns over spies among academics
    Sat, Mar 01, 2014 - A prominent Chinese dissident who moved to the US after being fired by Peking University last year warned on Thursday of the dangers of academic exchanges with China, saying Beijing sent spies as visiting academics.
     

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