April 23, 2015

Edward Snowden in Live Conversation at University

A live conversation between Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who leaked classified NSA documents to the media, and Barton Gellman ’82, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author and visiting specialist at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, who broke the story in The Washington Post, will talk place Saturday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. on the campus in the Friends Center, Room 101. The free, public event will be livestreamed at http://mediacentrallive.princeton.edu and will be recorded.

Mr. Snowden, now living in Russia, was a former defense contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton who worked at the NSA office in Hawaii. In 2013, using the codename Verax (Latin for “truth teller”), he approached the media bout classified NSA surveillance information. Soon after, Mr. Gellman helped break the story in the Washington Post of the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program, which mines data from nine U.S. Internet companies including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and Facebook.

Mr. Gellman, who is also author of The New York Times bestseller “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency,” has, since June of 2013, written stories for The Washington Post about the NSA documents provided to him by Snowden. He is also a senior fellow at The Century Foundation. His professional honors include two Pulitzer Prizes, a George Polk Award, a Henry Luce Award and Harvard’s Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting. Gellman graduated with highest honors from Princeton and earned a master’s degree in politics at University College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Information Technology Policy, the Program in Law and Public Affairs and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.