If leaks are treason, what is to be done about the accessories after the fact?

A certain Las Vegas columnist is, shall we say, apoplectic over the leaks coming out of the Trump White House.

Wayne Allyn Root writes today:

This is outrageous and ridiculous. More importantly, it’s illegal. It’s actually worse than illegal — it constitutes treason. It threatens America’s national security. The greatest country and military in world history cannot allow our president’s private conversations with world leaders to be leaked to any Tom, Dick or Harry. Or worse, to the leaders of Russia, China, Iran, North Korea or ISIS.

What stirred Root’s dander was recent reporting by The Washington Post of transcripts of two Trump conversations with foreign leaders. His remedy is: “Any government employees caught and convicted of leaking must be charged with treason and punished with life terms — or the death penalty.”

Not lacking for superlatives, Root declares, “This scandal is the greatest threat to national security in our history.”

He doesn’t go into what penalty should be assessed for the accessory after the fact — the press. Without the press there would be no distribution of what Root deems treason punishable by death. Surely the press would have to be held accountable under Root’s rules.

The same newspaper in which Root rants reported a few days ago quotes from those purloined conversations with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The newspaper related:

The transcripts of the two calls did not reveal top-secret information, but they showed the president in a less than favorable light. Trump told Peña Nieto to stop saying Mexico would not pay for a border wall. “You cannot say that to the press because I cannot negotiate under those circumstances,” said Trump, in an exchange that made him seem more opportunistic than principled.

Trump then told Turnbull he liked talking to Russian President Vladimir Putin better. “I have been making these calls all day and this is the most unpleasant call of the day. Putin was a pleasant call,” Trump said.

Are the newspapers that report the leaks to be held accountable or not in Wayne’s world?

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