Intro to the Shield Law vs. Wikileaks
Unplug WikiLeaks? Enact a Federal Shield Law Instead -- Commentary by Peter Scheer
Newswar Articles on Leaks -- History of Leaks
In "Dick Cheney's Memos from 30 Years Ago," Frontline Correspondent Lowell Bergman and Associate Producer Marlena Telvick report on government reaction to alleged leaks in a story detailing U.S. spy submarine missions in Soviet waters written by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh.
The 11 Questions
In "The 11 Questions," this justice department document outlines the questions considered when determining weather a leak investigation should be opened or not. The document was obtained by Frontline through the Freedom of Information Act request.
The Press and Subpoenas
In "The Press and Subpoenas: An Overview" Producer Marlena Telvick and Associate Producer Amy Rubin discuss the history behind subpoenas, why reporters are subpoenaed, and the guidelines used by the Justice Department on issuing media subpoenas.
WikiLeaks, Twitter and Free Speech
This article featured in the Washington Post examines what happens when WikiLeaks, free speech, and social networking come together. Was the posting of the documents free speech or a violation of national security? What can the government seize in the new world of social networking? These questions and more are examined in this article by Dana Hedgpeth.
Archive Director Tom Blanton Decries "Wikimania"
Congressional testimony calls for the overhaul of secrecy system and restraint on prosecutions
From George Washington to WikiLeaks
Mark Feldstein, an award-winning journalist and professor at the University of Maryland, chronicles the controversial careers of two iconic figures, former president Richard Nixon and the investigative reported he feared most -- Jack Anderson. With the astute analysis of a psychotherapist, Feldstein shows how the emotional and religious strengths, or flaws, of Nixon, the over-ambitious Quaker politician, and Anderson, the pious Mormon scribe, play out in a three-decade-long game to win over American public opinion.
The Cypherpunk Revolutionary
Robert Manne, Australia An essay into the life and background of Julian Assange
SXSW: Wikileaks: The Website that Changed the World
The 3-day Logan Symposium now in its 5th year, serves a number of key constituencies. Culling together a group of dedicated investigative reporters, academics, philanthropists, media experts and graduate students, the invite only event is an industry must. Once a humble commitment to host an annual lecture in the name of its benefactors, the Logan Symposium quickly rose in popularity as "one of the most influential events of its kind," according to the Seattle Times. Covered and attended by a veritable 'who's who' in investigative reporting, the conference dissects controversial topics in the field, hosts internationally renowned panelists, and examines key factors of change in investigative reporting.
Julian Assange is an Australian journalist, programmer and Internet activist, best known for his involvement with Wikileaks, a whistleblower website.
Lowell Bergman, Director of the Investigative Reporting Program, is also a producer and correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline, and the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair in Investigative Journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism.
Nick Davies has been named Journalist of the Year, Reporter of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year for his investigations into crime, drugs, poverty and other social issues. Hundreds of journalists have attended his one-day masterclass on the techniques of investigative reporting, in Britain, Canada, China, Germany, India and South Africa.
He has been a journalist since 1976 and is currently a freelance, working regularly as special correspondent for The Guardian. He also makes TV documentaries; he was formerly an on-screen reporter for World In Action. His four books include White Lies (about a racist miscarriage of justice in Texas) and Dark Heart (about poverty in Britain).
He was the first winner of the Martha Gellhorn award for investigative reporting for his work on failing schools and recently won the award for European Journalism for his work on drugs policy. Flat Earth News, his controversial book exposing falsehood, distortion and propaganda in the news media, was published as a hardback in February 2008 and as a paperback in January 2009.
In May 2009, Flat Earth News won the first Bristol Festival of Ideas book award, to be given annually for a book which "presents new, important and challenging ideas, which is rigorously argued, and which is engaging and accessible." It is now being translated into Thai, Vietnamese, Greek, Dutch, Slovenian, Ukrainian and Chinese. In November 2009, the University of Westminster made him an honorary fellow 'for services to journalism'.
Mark Feldstein is an Associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. Feldstein is the author of Poisoning the Press: Richard Nixon, Jack Anderson and the Rise of Washington's Scandal Culture. For two decades, he worked as an investigative reporter for newspapers, magazines, and television, including as an on-air correspondent at CNN and ABC News. On assignment, Feldstein was beaten up in the U.S., censored in Egypt, and escorted out of Haiti under armed guard, earning dozens of journalism's top honors, from the Edward R. Murrow prize to two George Foster Peabody medallions.
A graduate of Harvard who received his doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Feldstein has also won awards for his scholarship from the American Journalism Historians Association and other academic organizations. He is widely quoted as a media analyst by leading news outlets in the United States and abroad, and has testified as an expert witness on First Amendment issues in court and before Congress.
Bill Keller, former executive editor of of the New York Times, is now editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project. The Marshall Project is a non-profit, non-partisan news organization focused on crime and punishment in the United States. Bill joined the venture in 2014 after 30 years at The New York Times as a correspondent, editor and, most recently, as an op-ed columnist.
David McCraw is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of The New York Times Company, where he is responsible for newsroom legal affairs and serves as lead legal counsel for The Times' freedom-of-information litigation. He was previously Deputy General Counsel at the New York Daily News. Prior to that, he was an associate at the New York offices of Rogers & Wells and Clifford Chance and a clerk for Judge Richard Simons at the New York Court of Appeals. Mr. McCraw has served as a consultant to the drafters of freedom-of-information laws in Yemen and Kuwait and has conducted workshops on press freedom issues in various countries in the Middle East, South America, and Eastern Europe. He was honored in 2010 by the New York City Bar Association for his international pro bono work.
Mr. Rochford came to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in August 2004 as the Director of the Oak Ridge Office of Counterintelligence. Under Mr. Rochford's oversight, the Oak Ridge Office of Counterintelligence is responsible for implementing the national Counterintelligence Program for all Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) contractor companies that report through the DOE Oak Ridge Office (ORO) and the Y-12 Site Office. The Oak Ridge Office of Counterintelligence investigates and makes investigative referrals regarding possible foreign intelligence and/or terrorist activities that might target DOE programs, employees, technologies, or facilities.
From 2007 - August 2010 Mr. Rochford took on additional responsibilities as Director of the Oak Ridge Field Intelligence Element (FIE). The FIE supports the intelligence needs of the U.S. DOE and provides a conduit for making Oak Ridge DOE technical capabilities available to the Intelligence Community. Under Mr. Rochford's leadership, the Oak Ridge Office of Counterintelligence along with the FBI Oak Ridge Resident Agency in November 2009 was awarded the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation by Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair. The award recognized the "exceptional service" of these offices from January 2007 to January 2009 during which two high-profile criminal prosecutions were brought to resolution. Roy Lynn Oakley, charged with unlawful disclosure of Restricted Data under the Atomic Energy Act, was sentenced to six years in prison for trying to sell to the French uranium enrichment equipment he had stolen while an employee at the former K-25 Plant, a DOE facility. Dr. John Reece Roth received a 48-month prison sentence for violating the Arms Export Control Act by conspiring to illegally export, and then actually exporting, technical information to a citizen of the People's Republic of China that related to a U.S. military contract.
Before coming to ORNL, Mr. Rochford spent 30 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), starting as a file clerk, then a Russian translator, and finally serving for more than 25 years as a Special Agent investigator, focusing on espionage and counterintelligence. He played a key role in several high-profile espionage cases including those of Aldrich Hazen Ames and Robert P. Hanssen, both of whom are now serving life sentences in U.S. Federal penitentiaries.
In May 2002, he created the FBI’s Espionage Section and served as its chief, managing all espionage investigations worldwide. Mr. Rochford earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from American University, in Washington, D.C. He has completed intensive studies in Russian language at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. He received the Attorney General's Award from the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement from the Central Intelligence Agency for his investigative role in the Robert P. Hanssen case.
Necessary Secrets Gabriel Schoenfeld is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, and a Resident Scholar at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. His essays on national security and modern history have appeared in leading publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Weekly Standard, New Republic, Atlantic, National Interest, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Commentary, where from 1994 to 2008 he was Senior Editor. His previous book, The Return of Anti-Semitism, was published by Encounter in 2004.
Before joining Commentary, Schoenfeld was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, where he founded the research bulletin Soviet Prospects. Schoenfeld was an IREX Scholar at Moscow State University, holds a PhD from Harvard University's Department of Government, and is a United States Chess Federation master.
The father of three daughters, he lives in New York City.
Jack Shafer writes a column about the press and politics for Reuters, which he joined in September 2011. Previously, he worked at Slate for 15 years, first as deputy editor and then as the site's “Press Box” columnist. Before Slate, Shafer spent 11 years editing two alternative weeklies--SF Weekly and Washington City Paper--where he estimates he rewrote, massaged, or merely pressed the button on 500 features. Shafer's first salaried job in journalism was at Inquiry magazine, where he was the managing editor. His work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Times Book Review, the Columbia Journalism Review, the New Republic, BookForum, the op-ed page of The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. He has been writing about the press for about 25 years.
Holger Stark is editor for the Germany Desk at DER SPIEGEL. He coordinated SPIEGEL's WikiLeaks Team. He joined SPIEGEL in 2001 as a correspondent in Berlin and was part of the investigative team for 9/11 before becoming Deputy Editor for the Germany Desk in 2006. In the 1990s, he was a staff writer for Berliner Zeitung after the fall of the Wall and did extensive reporting on right-wing extremism. He also wrote for the Berlin-based "Der Tagesspiegel." He has a Master of Political Studies from Freie University Berlin. Stark wrote, WikiLeaks: Enemy of State, which is being published in more than 10 countries.
Gabriel Schoenfeld, author of Necessary Secrets, and The Guardian's Nick Davies debate the severity of accused WikiLeaks collaborator Pfc. Bradley Manning's actions and the political nature of his treatment by the U.S. government.
WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange and New York Times executive editor Bill Keller debate Assange's remark that the United States press cares little about events that happen outside its borders. "The U.S. press is interested in the United States, it is not interested in what happens outside the United States," says Assange. "It is a goldfish bowl of constant self-referral and self-reporting."
Julian Assange tells his side of the breakdown between WikiLeaks and The New York Times in releasing the "Afghan Diaries," which Assange says the NYT backed out of one week prior to publication. "They wanted WikiLeaks, a small web startup, to scoop the most influential English paper in the world," says Assange. "They did so because they were scared."