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Alan Dershowitz: Name Special Prosecutor to Nail Leakers

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By    |   Thursday, 27 Jul 2017 04:08 PM

A special prosecutor should appointed to deal with the leakers plaguing the White House with daily dumps of inside information to the media, renowned civil-rights lawyer Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV on Thursday.

"The culture of leaking is so dangerous to a democracy, it just has to stop," Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus, told host Miranda Khan and Nancy Brinker on Newsmax's "America Talks Live."

"I would actually be in favor of appointing a special prosecutor in charge just of leaks, a special council in charge just of leaks to make sure that anybody who leaks is appropriately sanctioned."

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Dershowitz said the media "loves leaks, they live by leaks."

"But in a democracy, when you elect an executive, you elect that person to run the executive," he told Khan and Brinker. "You don't elect him or her to run it through leaks, and that's the way not only this administration but several administrations previously have operated.

"So, I am a strong opponent of leaks, and I think we have to take very aggressive action to stop leaks. If you have something to say, say it publically and directly. If you don't want to be identified publically, then don't disclose it."

Asked about incoming White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci's claim he was the victim of a leak of his financial information and his vow to go to the FBI, Dershowitz said:

"I don't know the answer about whether or not that was a leak or wasn't a leak, that would be something for lawyers who know the specific facts, but nothing should be leaked. Even if it's appropriately release to the public, it shouldn't be released through a leak.

"If it's appropriate, then you issue a statement on White House stationery saying here's what we're doing, here's what's coming out, but the idea of having this continuum of illegal leaks, legal leaks, felonious leaks, non-felonious leaks . . ."

Dershowitz also said he believes the media encourages leaks.

"Not only social media, the social media does, but The New York Times does," Dershowitz said. "The New York Times prints anonymously sourced damaging material and encourages leaks. There's a big difference between using leaks that come to you, that's protected by the First Amendment.

"But encouraging people to engage in illegal behavior, that is not journalistically ethical, and I think that journalists from The New York Times down, or up, depending on where you see The New York Times, have to look in the mirror and ask themselves, are they becoming complicit in illegal behavior by encouraging and facilitating the leaks?"

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A special prosecutor should appointed to deal with the leakers plaguing the White House with daily dumps of inside information to the media, renowned civil-rights lawyer Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV on Thursday.
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