• Pete Souza/White House
  • President Obama being briefed on the raid that killed bin Laden

National security often depends on secrecy. The Obama administration has zealously guarded our government’s covert operations, bringing more prosecutions against alleged leakers than all previous administrations combined.

But after a glorious covert mission, secrecy may be considered dispensable—and classified details of the mission may be disclosed in the interests of political security.