Debating U.S. National Security Whistleblowing: Secrets, the State, and Democracy, A Discussion with Whistleblowers, Advocates, and Historians

Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
1 Washington Place
New York, NY , USA
Thursday, October 18, 4:00pm7:00pm

Are Edward Snowden, Reality Winner, and James Comey whistleblowers or leakers, heroes or traitors? Is WikiLeaks a media organization or a foreign agent? Is it ever appropriate to disclose official secrets to the public? Join us for a series of roundtable discussions featuring whistleblowers, advocates, and historians to debate the past, present, and future of national security whistleblowing. This event is organized by Hannah Gurman (NYU Gallatin) and Kaeten Mistry (University of East Anglia, UK) and is sponsored by the Urban Democracy Lab at NYU Gallatin, The Tamiment Institute Library at NYU, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK).


Introductions from Hannah Gurman (NYU Gallatin) and Kaeten Mistry (University of East Anglia, UK)

Historical Perspectives: The Origins, Evolution, and Legacy of National Security Whistleblowing

4:15-5:30 pm

Sam Lebovic (George Mason University); Chase Madar (NYU Gallatin); Jeremy Varon (The New School), and Julia Rose Kraut (The Historical Society of the New York Courts)


5:30-5:45 pm

Whistleblowing Today: A Conversation with Whistleblowers and Advocates

5:45-7 pm

Thomas Drake (NSA Whistleblower); John Kiriakou (CIA Whistleblower); Brian Fleming (Miller & Chevalier); Barry Pollack (Robbins, Russell, Englert, Untereiner & Sauber)

For more information, go to: This event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is requested.