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Edward Snowden: Hero or Traitor? Depends on Who You Ask

Released: 29-May-2014 11:00 AM EDT
Source Newsroom: George Washington University
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June 5 marks the one-year anniversary of Edward Snowden’s infamous leak, and with it comes renewed support from free speech advocates—and scathing criticism from the diplomatic and security communities.

How can we move forward to balance freedom of the press with national security? GW Professor Amitai Etzioni makes recommendations in a paper recently published in the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.

In his paper, “A Liberal Communitarian Approach to Security Limitations on the Freedom of the Press,” Etzioni examines 17 cases dating back to 1942 when media outlets published classified information (Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning and Wikileaks, Bob Woodward in his book “Obama’s Wars,” among them) and analyzes why it still causes outrage today and whether we can find a compromise.

Read the paper here
Read a recent column from Etzioni on the paper here

About the Expert
Amitai Etzioni is a university professor at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. He also is the director of GW’s Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies. Before joining GW, he served as a senior advisor to the White House, was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and taught at Harvard Business School and Columbia University. He is the author of 24 books and his research is often cited by other academic researchers. In 2001 he was named one of the top 100 American intellectuals in the book “Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline.”

Schedule an interview with Professor Amitai Etzioni by emailing gwmedia@gwu.edu or calling 202-994-6460.

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