Robert R. Wilson Lectureship

“Leakers or Whistleblowers? National Security Reporting in the Digital Age”

Moderated by David Schanzer

Featuring former NSA and CIA director General Michael Hayden (Ret.), USAF and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Barton Gellman

November 11, 2013 from 6:00pm-7:15pm

Fleishman Commons

Revelations about government subpoenas of reporters’ phone records and the massive leaks of classified information by M. Sgt. Manning and Edward Snowden have brought the tension between national security reporters and U.S. national security agencies to an all time high.   Is it appropriate for the government to deter leaks through aggressive prosecution of those who disclose classified information to the press?  Or do these individuals play a vital role in maintaining governmental accountability by enabling the press to inform the public about important matters of national security.  These topics, as well as the controversial NSA surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden, will be explored in depth in an engaging dialogue between distinguished national security reporter, Bart Gellman, and former CIA and NSA Director, Michael Hayden, on November 11, 2013 at the Sanford School of Public Policy.  Gellman and Hayden will answer questions from the moderator of the event, Duke public policy professor, David Schanzer, debate the issues with each other, and take questions from the audience.  The event – Leakers or Whistleblowers:  National Security Reporting in the Digital Age — will be held in the Fleishman Commons at the Sanford School and is open to the public.

This event is proudly sponsored by the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, the DeWitt Wallace Center on Media and Democracy, the Sanford School of Public Policy, and the Alexander Hamilton Society.

About the Discussants

General Michael V. Hayden (Ret.), USAFHayden_Picture

Former Director, National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency

As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, General Hayden was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions, and capabilities of America’s adversaries; producing timely analysis for decision makers; and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists and other enemies of the United States.

Before becoming Director of the CIA, General Hayden served as the country’s first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence –and was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. Earlier, he served as Director of the National Security Agency .

Currently, he serves as a principal at The Chertoff Group, a security and risk management advisory firm, and as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University.

Barton Gellman

BaBartonGellman.Aspen2012.byDanBayer.croppedrton Gellman is a critically honored journalist and author. His professional distinctions include two Pulitzer Prizes (individual and team), the George Polk Award and Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting. His bestselling Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was named a New York Times Best Book of 2008. He is also author of Contending with Kennan: Toward a Philosophy of American Power and a forthcoming book for Penguin Press on surveillance and privacy.

Based at the Century Foundation, where he is a senior fellow, Gellman is also contributing editor at large for Time magazine and author in residence at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Until his departure in 2010, he served tours as legal, military, diplomatic, foreign and special projects correspondent for The Washington Post.

Gellman graduated summa cum laude from Princeton and earned a masters degree in Politics at University College, Oxford. He can be found online at and @bartongellman.


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