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Asked About WikiLeaks, Breyer Gives Away Little

Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 03:29 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer tantalized a Florida audience with his comments about the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but gave away little about his legal stance.

At a gathering of lawyers, business leaders and citizens Wednesday in West Palm Beach, Breyer was asked about the legality of whistleblowing, such as WikiLeaks' publication of a massive cache of confidential U.S. military and diplomatic documents.

The justice says such cases usually come down to the First Amendment, but that there are limits to the protection of freedom of expression. He gave no inkling to his opinion whether the publication was legal.

He says: "The best thing I can say is, 'It depends.' What a terrible answer."

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