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Secret Sources: Whistleblowers, National Security, and Free Expression

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PEN PRESENTS: “SECRET SOURCES” will bring together NSA whistleblower Thomas DrakeJesselyn Radack of the Whistleblower & Source Protection Program at ExposeFacts, and New York Times reporter James Risen with moderator Susan Glasser of Politico to debate the impact of the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of national security leaks on freedom of expression. The issue has gained unprecedented national attention following the 2013 revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who will join the event via Skype following the panel in a conversation with PEN Executive Director Suzanne Nossel on whistleblowing and questions of conscience.

Secret Sources: Whistleblowers, National Security, and Free Expression, to be released at the event. PEN’s research demonstrates that gaps in existing protections for whistleblowers, coupled with failure to adequately address retaliation against leakers and the Obama Administration’s use of the Espionage Act against them, are damaging freedom of expression, press freedom, and access to information in the United States.