Martin Bright

My BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme on Secrecy

Can secrets ever be good for you? I used to describe myself as a “free speech fundamentalist” and believed that there were almost no circumstances in which official secrets should be withheld from the public (one exception was when disclosure would put the lives of individual members of the armed forces or intelligence services at risk). 

But over recent years I have become worried that the cost whistleblowers pay for their disclosures is too high.

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