Leakers, Whistleblowers, & Traitors: An Evolving Paradigm

[infobox color=”red”]The Journal of National Security Law & Policy and The Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law present “Leakers, Whistleblowers & Traitors: An Evolving Paradigm”

WHO: Keynote by Adm. William Studeman, Former Director, National Security Agency and Former Deputy Director and Acting Director, CIA
WHEN: Feb. 25, 2014 | 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Georgetown University Law Center | Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor | 120 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20001
RSVP: rsvp2@law.georgetown.edu
MORE INFO: info@jnslp.com


jnslp_logo“Whistleblowers, Leakers, and Traitors” will illuminate the tension between whistleblowers, the media, and national security interests and explore the prospects of the existing legal and policy framework to adapt to this evolving whistleblower paradigm.

Traditionally, there has been a clear divide between whistleblowers, who have exposed corruption or criminal activity, and traitors, who have shared classified information with America’s adversaries, usually for personal gain.

Recently, a new cadre of “leakers” has exposed legally justified programs that brought questionable policies or inefficiencies to the public’s attention. Some consider these leakers to be performing a valuable service to our democracy, and others regard them as traitors whose leaks endanger national security.  The secrets they have betrayed have frustrated international diplomacy and compromised vital intelligence programs.  The media’s role in propagating such leaks and protecting their sources is a particularly contentious issue that stresses the delicate balance between First Amendment rights and national security.


8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Introductory Remarks

  • William Treanor, Dean, Georgetown Law Center

9:15 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Panel 1: The Current Legal Framework

  • Martin Lederman, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center and Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel
  • Hon. I. Charles McCullough III, Intelligence Community Inspector General
  • Wyndee Parker, National Security Policy Adviser, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • Nathan Sales, Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development, Department of Homeland Security
  • Laura Donohue (Moderator), Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center

10:55 am – 12:35 pm Panel 2: The Media & Whistleblowers

  • Lucy Dalglish, Dean, University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism and Former Executive Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Barton Gellman, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, Washington Post and Time
  • Abbe Lowell, Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
  • Gabriel Schoenfeld, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute and author of Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law
  • Mary-Rose Papandrea (Moderator), Professor of Law, Boston College Law School

12:40 pm – 1:45 pm Luncheon & Keynote Address

  • “Managing Secrets” with Adm. William Studeman, Former Director, National Security Agency and Former Deputy Director and Acting Director, CIA

1:55 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. Panel 3: A New Paradigm of Leaking

  • Alex Abdo, Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project
  • David Cole, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center
  • Hon. George Ellard, Inspector General, National Security Agency
  • Kenneth Wainstein, Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Former Homeland Security Advisor; and Former Assistant Attorney General for National Security, DOJ
  • Stephen Vladeck (Moderator), Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

3:35 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Closing Remarks & Reception


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