The public can't handle the truth? Nonsense. Enlighten them. ...That's the same crap they used to say about why the American for of government wouldn't work. The world's adjusted fine to democracy. I think that it'd adjust equally well to greater openness.
And Jessup was an asshole - in word and action. He had options in dealing with Santiago, but he chose instead to do something dangerous, and it bit him in the ass. Instead of owning up to his actions he tried to conceal them.
...Harrumph, and why not
try to when you have people arguing for secrecy at the expense of justice? Everyone wants to be a gangsta these days.