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13:45 - 14:45
WikiLeaks, Manning and Snowden: From USA to USB

Short thesis

WikiLeaks journalist Sarah Harrison, who rescued Edward Snowden from Hong Kong, is interviewed by Alexa O'Brien, the journalist responsible for the most comprehensive coverage of the trial of Chelsea Manning, about publishing classified information, protecting press sources, and defending the right to know.


From publishing hundreds of thousands of classified documents, to covering the secret trial of military whistleblower Chelsea Manning, to rescuing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, two women describe what it's like to go head-to-head with the US government.

Journalist Alexa O'Brien, who was the most prominent reporter covering the largest leak trial in US history, interviews WikiLeaks Investigations Editor Sarah Harrison, who obtained asylum for Edward Snowden. This fascinating interview will cover publishing classified documents, protecting press sources, and the dramas surrounding the WikiLeaks, Manning and Snowden cases.

From their unique personal experiences this interview will examine what kind of impact and importance the publication of accessible archives of censored material on the internet has; media values of source protection vs asset stripping; and the US government's treatment of whistleblowers and innovative and effective publishers.