Freedom of Speech and of the Press in War Time the Espionage Act

The Imperial German Government had never made a secret of its willingness to encourage disloyalty among the citizens and subjects of Germany’s enemies. It had officially announced: “Bribery of enemies’ subjects, acceptance of offers of treachery, utilization of discontented elements in the population, support of pretenders and the like are permissible; indeed, international law is in no way opposed to the exploitation of the crimes of third parties.”‘