The Press: A Plug for Leaks

The U.S. press abhors the very idea of censorship, except where the nation's security is plainly involved. So does Defense Secretary James V. Forrestal, who has plugged for sensible security rules ever since he pried open the Navy's clam-tight policy in 1944. Military censorship ended with the war,* but the need for keeping military secrets did not. Last week Forrestal called in 22 press, radio and newsreel representatives to talk over ways to keep them.

The Secretary suggested that they set up some kind of "voluntary censorship" to keep willful or inadvertent "leaks" from...

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