elections, Comey told Rep. Try Gowdy (R-S.C.) that, while there’s no known exception for reporters, he doesn’t know of any who have been prosecuted for reporting classified information.
Still, Comey conceded that the relevant statute specifically prohibits classified information from being “published” and that the only way for a reporter to have knowledge of such information is if “somebody told them who shouldn’t have told them.”
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Rep. Gowdy: “Director Comey, you and I were discussing the felonious dissemination of classified materialduring the last round. Is there an exception in the law for current or former U.S. officials who request anonymity?”
Comey: “To release classified information?”
Rep. Gowdy: “Yes sir.”
Rep. Gowdy: “Is there an exception in the law for reporters who want to break a story?”
Comey: “Well. that's a harder question as to whether a reporter incurs criminal liability by publishing classified information and one probably beyond my ken. I'm not as good a lawyer as Mr. Schiff said I used to be.