Media sometimes try fail to keep NSA's secrets
Privacy expert Christopher Parsons is pictured outside his Toronto office
LONDON (AP) -- News organizations that have published leaked National Security Agency documents have inadvertently disclosed the names of at least six intelligence workers and other government secrets they never intended to give away.
That's according to an Associated Press review.
The accidental disclosures illustrate the risks of even well-intentioned, public-interest reporting on highly secret U.S. programs.
In some cases, prominent newspapers quickly pulled down government records they published online and recensored them to hide information they accidentally exposed.
The inadvertent disclosures are another complication in the ethically and technically challenging coverage of the NSA's surveillance programs.