Following the release this weekend of 251,287 confidential United States embassy cables, this First Wednesday debate focuses on the revelations of the latest leak from whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.
Joining the discussion are:
WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson; Professor Colleen Graffy, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, US State Department and law professor, Pepperdine University; James Ball a data journalist who has been working with WikiLeaks; Sir Richard Dalton, associate fellow of the Middle East and North Africa programme at Chatham House.
The discussion will be chaired by author and broadcaster Tom Fenton.
James Ball is a freelance journalist based in London. He has worked as editor for the Oxford Forum, and been published in the Guardian as well as several regional publications.
Sir Richard Dalton
Sir Richard Dalton is an Associate Fellow on the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House, a post he has held since retiring from the civil service in 2006. He joined HM Diplomatic Service in the 1970s and was posted to the Middle East. In the mid-1990s he was consul-general in Jerusalem and was appointed as Head of Personnel in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1998. From 2003 until his retirement he was the British Ambassador to Iran. Dalton contributes sporadically to publications such as the Independent and the Guardian.
Thomas Trail Fenton (born 1930 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a former television correspondent who retired in 2004 after a 34-year career with CBS News.
Fenton graduated from Dartmouth College in 1952 with an A.B. in English and was an officer in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1961, serving on destroyers in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. His Navy service placed him in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1952, and in the Mediterranean Sea during the 1958 Lebanon Crisis.
Colleen Graffy is a former deputy United States Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and former professor of law at Pepperdine University's London campus.
Kristinn Hrafnsson, born on June 25th 1962, is an Icelandic investigative journalist, and a spokesman for the Wikileaks organisation.