Over the past year, WikiLeaks has become synonymous with controversy. In this program, University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey P. Stone steers a conversation with Judge Richard A. Posner, journalist Judith Miller, and author Gabriel Schoenfeld about the balance between freedom of the press and national security. Each panelist offers a singular perspective on bridging legal and ethical issues. Posner is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and is one of the most-cited legal thinkers in the country. Miller, formerly of The New York Times, spent 85 days in jail in 2005 to defend a reporter’s right to protect confidential sources. Schoenfeld, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, is the author of Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law. Together they attempt to address the critical question at the heart of the WikiLeaks issue: what is the balance between the secrecy a government must maintain and the transparency a healthy democracy requires?
This program is presented in partnership with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is generously underwritten in part by Miller, Shakman & Beem.