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The Danger of Treating Whistleblowers as Spies presented by the Press Freedom Defense Fund and The Intercept in partnership with Yale Law School’s Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic
Whistleblowers, who in recent years have exposed the U.S government’s unlawful surveillance, war crimes, and violations of civil liberties, face imprisonment for their acts of conscience. Why are they treated as spies? The World War I-vintage Espionage Act has become the U.S. government’s blunt instrument to suppress information that the public needs to know. Join Daniel Ellsberg and our panel of First Amendment and civil rights experts as they discuss his and other Espionage Act cases, the lack of a public interest or First Amendment defense, and the prospects for reforming or repealing the Espionage Act.
Gadeir Abbas, senior litigation attorney, Council on American-Islamic Relations
Daniel Ellsberg, former Defense and State Department official who revealed the Pentagon Papers
David Schulz, director of Yale’s Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, and member of the Press Freedom Defense Fund Advisory Committee
Moderated by Vanessa Gezari, national security editor, The Intercept, and adjunct professor at Columbia Journalism School
Introduction by Tom Rosenstiel, executive director, the American Press Institute and member of the Press Freedom Defense Fund Advisory Committee.
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