Thu, Dec 9, 2010 -- 9:00 AM

WikiLeaks, Free Speech and National Security

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Last week, WikiLeaks distributed more than 250,000 classified embassy cables to newspapers around the globe that provide an unvarnished view of U.S. foreign policy. While proponents of WikiLeaks herald the release of the documents as a victory for free speech and open information, critics contend that it undermines national security. We speak with experts on the both sides of the debate.

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Declan McCullagh, chief political correspondent for CNET
  • Kevin Bankston, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Niles Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation
  • Victor Davis Hanson, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and author of "The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern"

The plot continues to thicken. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was recently arrested on allegations of sex crimes in Sweden, and there have been calls for his prosecution under the Espionage Act. Meanwhile, supporters have responded by organizing a campaign of cyberattacks on WikiLeaks detractors.

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