CIA Head, Journalist to Debate National Security and Press Freedoms

DURHAM, N.C. -- Two of the leading voices in the national debate over government surveillance programs and press freedoms will square off Nov. 11 at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

Former director of the CIA and NSA Gen. Michael Hayden and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Barton Gellman will share a stage for the first time to discuss “Leakers or Whistleblowers? National Security Reporting in the Digital Age.” The event -- which is the 2013 Robert R. Wilson Lecture -- begins at 6 p.m. in Fleishman Commons. It is free and open to the public.

The massive leaks of classified information by U.S. army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning and National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden and the government's aggressive prosecution of leakers have raised tension between reporters and U.S. national security agencies. The speakers will address the NSA surveillance programs revealed by Snowden as well as topics such as whether leaks are damaging programs on which our national security relies and whether leakers are necessary to help the press hold government accountable.

Hayden is a retired U.S. Air Force four-star general. During his nearly 40-year military career, he was commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center. He directed the NSA from 1999 to 2005 and the CIA from 2006 to 2009. Hayden served as a foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. He is a principal at the Chertoff Group and a distinguished visiting professor at the George Mason University School of Public Policy.

Gellman was among a handful of journalists with whom Snowden shared classified information. He and Laura Poitras broke the story this summer of the NSA’s domestic data-mining program, PRISM. Previously, Gellman’s Washington Post series on Dick Cheney, written with Jo Becker, won a 2008 Pulitzer Prize. He is the author of “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency.” Gellman is now a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, a contributing editor for TIME magazine and author in residence at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.

Free parking for the event will be available in the Sanford School lot. Those unable to attend can watch a live stream online.

The event is co-sponsored by the Sanford School, Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy, Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Alexander Hamilton Society.