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Honest question here: For argument's sake, suppose the data mining is ruled legal. Can you still prosecute a leaker for revealing in good faith what he/she thought was illegal activity?

I think if the info was legal, the leaker is screwed. S/he could take a shot at the concept of "jury nullification" if a judge lets him/her get away with it, but if the conduct was legal, this person has a problem.

Here is an article on the concept (there are many available if you Google the term)...

Jury nullification occurs when a jury returns a verdict of "Not Guilty" despite its belief that the defendant is guilty of the violation charged. The jury in effect nullifies a law that it believes is either immoral or wrongly applied to the defendant whose fate that are charged with deciding.

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/zenger/nullification.html

--ET
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