Indeed, the damage will outlast this president. A precedent has been established. Never again will leaders feel able to speak openly to each other. This has grave implications for American foreign policy and national security. Would The Washington Post or another newspaper print a transcript of a conversation about, for example, highly sensitive topics, like North Korea’s nuclear program? Sad to say, a man careful with his cash wouldn’t bet against it. No one disputes a newspaper’s right to print whatever it regards as news, but dedication to the First Amendment does not require a newspaper to be irresponsible.