Resources for The Global Debate Topic: "Resolved:  Freedom of the press should not extend to state secrets."


  • Former President George W. Bush Prejudices the Legal Process Against Julian Assange
  • Alan Dershowitz, Huffington Post, March 3, 2011
    When a former president of the United States weighs in on an ongoing criminal investigation, there is considerable risk that his comments could make it impossible for justice to be fair and objective.
  • Assange Is a New Kind of Journalist
  • Spiegel interview with Alan Dershowitz, February 22, 2011
    Alan Dershowitz, who is advising Julian Assange’s legal team, spoke with Spiegel about what the First Amendment has to say about WikiLeaks and the legal implications of social media’s role in the Arab uprisings.
  • Who Needs to Know?
  • Alan Dershowitz, New York Times, May 28, 2010
    Dershowitz’s review of Gabriel Schoenfeld’s book, Necessary Secrets, which he describes as “subtle” and “instructive.”
  • Publish the Truth, Ask Questions Later
  • Alan Dershowitz, Haaretz, April 15, 2010
    Media should be allowed to publish material from Israeli whistleblower Anat Kamm, even if it was wrongfully obtained.
    • Executive Session on WikiLeaks (transcript)
    • Sponsored by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, February 3, 2011
      At an executive session sponsored by the Shorenstein Center, a group of journalists, academics and media professionals gathered to discuss the impact of WikiLeaks. David Sanger (beginning on page 12 of the transcript) lays out what happened, describes the New York Times’s process and standards, and takes on criticisms of their coverage.
    • WikiLeaks Ethics
    • Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, Febraruy 11, 2011
      A Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly segment on WikiLeaks, with David Sanger.
    • NYT Reporter Defends Publishing WikiLeaks Cables
    • Fresh Air from WHYY, Spring/Summer, 2010
      Sen. Joe Lieberman has suggested that the New York Times should be investigated for publishing classified diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. David Sanger responds to Lieberman's remarks and explains why the newspaper decided to publish the cables.

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