Readers Write: The Logan Act and John Kerry – Opinions


The Logan Act, enacted January 30, 1799 is a United States Federal Law “that criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized persons with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States.”  The intent behind the act is “to prevent unauthorized negotiations from undermining the government’s position”.

Text 18 U.S.C. Section 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer of agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the Untied States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or…



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