After Snowden (Hardcover)

Privacy, Secrecy, and Security in the Information Age

By Ronald Goldfarb, Hodding Carter, III, David Cole, Thomas S. Blanton, Jon Mills, Barry Siegel, Edward Wasserman

Thomas Dunne Books, 9781250067609, 320pp.

Publication Date: May 19, 2015

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Was Edward Snowden a patriot or a traitor?
Just how far do American privacy rights extend?
And how far is too far when it comes to government secrecy in the name of security?
These are just a few of the questions that have dominated American consciousness since Edward Snowden exposed the breath of the NSA's domestic surveillance program.
In these seven previously unpublished essays, a group of prominent legal and political experts delve in to life After Snowden, examining the ramifications of the infamous leak from multiple angles:
• Washington lawyer and literary agent RONALD GOLDFARB acts as the book's editor and provides an introduction outlining the many debates sparked by the Snowden leaks.
• Pulitzer Prize winning journalist BARRY SIEGEL analyses the role of the state secrets provision in the judicial system.
• Former Assistant Secretary of State HODDING CARTER explores whether the press is justified in unearthing and publishing classified information.
• Ethics expert and dean of the UC Berkley School of Journalism EDWARD WASSERMAN discusses the uneven relationship between journalists and whistleblowers.
• Georgetown Law Professor DAVID COLE addresses the motives and complicated legacy of Snowden and other leakers.
• Director of the National Security Archive THOMAS BLANTON looks at the impact of the Snowden leaks on the classification of government documents.
• Dean of the University of Florida Law School JON MILLS addresses the constitutional right to privacy and the difficulties of applying it in the digital age.

About the Author

RONALD GOLDFARB is an author, attorney and literary agent based out of Washington, D.C.  He has contributed to numerous politically-themed books, most recently In Confidence: When to Protect Secrecy and When to Require Disclosure (2009).

HODDING CARTER served as Assistant Secretary of State during the Carter Administration and has since held numerous positions in print and television media.  He is currently the University Professor of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

DAVID COLE teaches constitutional law at Georgetown University's Law Center and is the author of Secrecy, National Security and the Vindication of Constitutional Law.

Thomas S. Blanton is Director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  In April 2000, the Archive won U.S. journalism's George Polk Award for "piercing self-serving veils of government secrecy, guiding journalists in search for the truth, and informing us all."  A graduate of Harvard University, he filed his first Freedom of Information Act request in 1976 as a weekly newspaper reporter in Minnesota.  His articles have since appeared in The International Herald-Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Slate, Wilson Quarterly, and many other publications.  He is the author of numerous books, most recently Masterpieces of History: The Peaceful End of the Cold War in Europe, 1989, co-authored with Svetlana Savranskaya and Vladislav Zubok, which won the Arthur S. Link-Warren F. Kuehl Prize for Documentary Editing.

Jon Mills is Dean Emeritus, Professor of Law, and Director of Center for Governmental Responsibility at the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law where he served as Dean from 1999 to 2003.

Barry Siegel is a Pulitzer Prize winning former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times and he directs the literary journalism program at UC Irvine where he is a professor of English. He is the author of six books, including Shades of Gray and Claim of Privilege. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

EDWARD WASSERMAN is an expert on media ethics and the current dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California Berkeley.

Praise For After Snowden: Privacy, Secrecy, and Security in the Information Age

“These essays point to the need to put in place now, while we are still somewhat rational on the subject, real standards, tests, and consequences that will sufficiently reward the right kinds of disclosures about our national intelligence system, while deterring the wrong kinds.” —Anne Richardson, Los Angeles Review of Books

“Readers interested in the legal, political, and journalistic ramifications of national security leaks, including students in these areas, will find these essays accessible and discover much to consider in them.” —Amanda Mastrull, Library Journal