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.
Richard A. Posner is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. He was born in New York City, and grew up in New York and its suburbs. He graduated from Yale College in 1959 and first in his class from Harvard Law School in 1962 and was president of the Harvard Law Review. Posner became professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School in 1969.
Judith Miller is an author and a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter formerly with The New York Times. She is now an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of its magazine, City Journal. Since 2008, she has been a commentator for Fox News, speaking on terrorism and other national security issues, the Middle East, American foreign policy, and need to strike a delicate balance between protecting both national security and civil liberties in a post-9/11 world.
Dr. Gabriel Schoenfeld, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, is the author, most recently, of Necessary Secrets: National Security, The Media, and The Rule of Law. Schoenfeld's previous book, The Return of Anti-Semitism, was published by Encounter in 2003. Schoenfeld writes frequently on national security and intelligence for the Wall Street Journal and the Weekly Standard. Schoenfeld was an IREX Scholar at Moscow State University and holds a PhD from Harvard University’s Department of Government.