The up­side of leak­ing

Re “Crack­down an­nounced on ‘cul­ture of leak­ing,’ ”Aug. 5, and “Jeff Ses­sions’ war on leaks,” Ed­i­to­rial, Aug. 6

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

I am more in­ter­ested in ex­pos­ing a “cul­ture of ly­ing to the public” or a “cul­ture of mis­use of tax­payer money for per­sonal gains” or a “cul­ture of abuse of power by of­fi­cials who were elected to serve the com­mon good.”

Whis­tle-blow­ers in this con­text can be viewed as he­roes, not crim­i­nals. They are re­veal­ing in­for­ma­tion that the public has a right to know. Peter Mer­lin

Los An­ge­les

What is worse? Pres­i­dent Trump be­ing pub­licly mis­lead­ing about the gist of his phone con­ver­sa­tions with the Mex­i­can and Aus­tralian lead­ers or the “leak­ing” of the fac­tual con­ver­sa­tion?

It ap­pears that Trump did not want to suf­fer the em­bar­rass­ment of not de­liv­er­ing on his prom­ises about the “wall.”

An in­formed elec­torate is needed for a democ­racy to work. I con­tend that in this case the ly­ing about the wall is worse than the leak­ing. Jared Sloan

Los An­ge­les

This ar­ti­cle says Atty. Gen. Jeff Ses­sions has “threat­ened a more ag­gres­sive stance to­ward jour­nal­ists.”

But the ar­ti­cle failed to give Ses­sions credit for his threats hav­ing prece­dence — as in Iran, Turkey, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Syria, Viet­nam, Myan­mar, Saudi Ara­bia and oth­ers.

But se­ri­ously, Ses­sions is do­ing Trump’s bid­ding to neuter the me­dia. Does the world need an­other despot? Thomas Mann

Pasadena

In this po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment, leak­ing from the White House is an act of pa­tri­o­tism. Cary Adams

North Hol­ly­wood

Un­der this cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion we, as a na­tion, are inch­ing (read: strid­ing) to­ward a po­lice state. Call it like it is. Michael Leven­thal

Ran­cho Mi­rage

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