German lawyer Jan Mönikes argued that accusations of treason brought against two German journalists who revealed illegal domestic surveillance practices are doubtful and controversial.
“Whether the journalists have crossed the line in this case is a controversial issue that is now being discussed publicly. I think they did not,” Mönikes told Sputnik.
According to Mönikes, the concept of high treason is quite broad: it is enough that the offender is aware that, for example, through the publication of any materials he or she harms the state.
“At least such an accusation put forward by the investigation committee. But I still think that this accusation is quite doubtful,” the legal expert said.
According to Mönikes, the state does not like it when confidential information becomes public as it may lead to serious problems. But this problem is the responsibility of the state authorities and not the media. The state should deal with it and ensure the privacy of their data, Mönikes argued.