Leaks, Secrecy and the Surveillance State
When: Tuesday, March 04 2014, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Where: 041 Haldeman Center
Contact : Sharon St Martin

The Dickey Center Welcomes Scott Shane, of the New York Times, Washington Bureau.


Scott_ShaneEdward Snowden flagrantly violated the law by giving reporters hundreds of thousands of classified documents about the National Security Agency. But his revelations about domestic and global surveillance have deeply split both the public and Congress, with many Americans turning their ire not on Snowden but on the government. Behind the biggest intelligence leak in history is a complex story of dysfunctional government secrecy, an unprecedented string of leak prosecutions, and technology that makes it both easier to leak and easier to catch leakers.


As a national security reporter for the New York Times, Scott Shane spent months examining and writing about Snowden's NSA documents and the confidential diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. He has seen a former CIA officer, accused of sharing classified information with him and another reporter, go to federal prison. He will speak about the crisis of government secrecy and the challenges of reporting on government secrets in a democracy.


Scott Shane is a reporter in the Washington bureau of The New York Times, where he covers national security. He is currently on leave writing a book about the issues raised by the life and death of the late American-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011. In addition to the debate over targeted killing, he has written on the National Security Agency and Edward Snowden's leaked documents; WikiLeaks and confidential State Department cables; and the Obama’s administration’s prosecution of leaks of classified information, including a lengthy profile of John Kiriakou, the first C.I.A. officer to be imprisoned for leaking. During the Bush administration, he wrote widely on the debate over torture, and his 2007 articles on interrogation, written with several colleagues, were a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has also written on the anthrax investigation, the evolving terrorist threat, the government’s secret effort to reclassify historical documents and the explosion in federal contracting.


From 1983 to 2004, he was a reporter for The Baltimore Sun, covering a range of beats from courts to medicine and writing series of articles on brain surgery, schizophrenia, a drug corner, guns and crime and other topics. He was The Sun's Moscow correspondent from 1988 to 1991 and wrote a book on the Soviet collapse, Dismantling Utopia: How Information Ended the Soviet Union, which the Los Angeles Times described as "one of the essential works on the fall of the Soviet Union." In 1995, he co-wrote a six-part explanatory series of articles on the National Security Agency, the first major investigation of NSA since James Bamford's 1982 book The Puzzle Palace. His series on a public health project in Nepal won the nation's top science-writing award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2001.


Co-sponsored by The Dickey Center and the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society.


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