THE CASE OF MATTHEW DIAZ:
Last year, U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Diaz was convicted of unlawfullydisclosing classified information to an unauthorized person, after heprovided the names of prisoners secretly held in military detention atGuantanamo Bay to a civil rights organization. He was sentenced to sixmonths in prison and ordered discharged from the Navy.Last week, Diaz was honored as a "truth teller" at the National PressClub in Washington, DC for the very same action.He received the Ridenhour Award, named for the late Ron Ridenhour, whorevealed the 1968 massacre of Vietnamese at My Lai."Lt. Cmdr. Diaz demonstrated independent judgment, fidelity to theConstitution, and uncommon courage," according to the Ridenhour Awardstatement."By disclosing the names of prisoners secretly detained at Guantanamo,he broke ranks and he violated the law, and for that he has paid aserious price. But we believe that he also demonstrated a profoundloyalty to the United States and its enduring constitutionalprinciples."
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