I was reading USA Today article about Bannon, and one statement piqued my interest:
Bannon’s military personnel file, obtained by USA TODAY, shows he was regularly promoted during his seven years of service.
The quote directly linked to downloadable document of the file.
Are personnel files of former servicepeople considered private information that is not supposed to be made public? (i'm almost certain it's "yes" but don't know the precise legal rationale).
If so, does USA Today obtaining it make it in any way legally culpable? (on one hand, possession of stolen goods makes one legally culpable, on the other hand, Pentagon Papers showed that this concept probably doesn't always apply to information).
Either way, my main question is, does USA Today publishing it make it in any way legally culpable, either in criminal court, or in possble civil litigation?
Not sure if it matters greatly, but at cursory look, the file has not been scrubbed of any information, so whatever PII/personal info was in it, would still be in it