How the Courts Encourage Leaking

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  1. Lawrence Cunningham says:

    Fascinating. I wrote a little about the Glomar Marine in my recent book, The AIG Story, because AIG insured Hughes’ vessel (pictured) and mission, which was to recover a sunken Soviet sub full of secrets that would help the US in the Cold War.

    The LA Times broke the story and compromised the operation. AIG’s losses under the policy were limited to some personal injury claims.

    Both the leaks and the decision to publish were actions that helped the Soviets and hurt the American side in the Cold War.

  2. Aaron Zelinsky says:


    It’s a great story! I think (almost) every time a court discusses a Glomar response, it drops a footnote to Hughes (the most recent D.C. Circuit did it again).

    I thought there was also a problem with the operation itself; didn’t the sub break apart as they started lifting it from the bottom?

  3. Lawrence Cunningham says:

    Yes, the sub did break apart. Apparently some valuable assets (cryptology etc) would nevertheless have been recovered, but for the leak (which prompted the Soviets to change all their codes, natch).