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New York Times editor chides White House

Abramson says leaks are vital to democracy

By Liz Kowalczyk
Globe Staff / June 17, 2012
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New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson criticized the Obama administration’s aggressive prosecutions over leaks during a speech to journalists in Boston Saturday, warning that White House policy “threatens to rob the public of vital information.’’ Abramson was the keynote speaker at the Investigative Reporters & Editors annual conference, which drew hundreds of journalists. She referenced recent articles in the Times about the White House use of drones to carry out targeted killings and of cyber-warfare.

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