WikiLeaks’ disclosure of tens of thousands of classified documents to the media has sparked passionate debate over national security and the limits of First-Amendment freedoms. On April 28, KQED News, UC Berkeley Law, and the UC Berkeley School of Information held a panel discussion called National Security and Free Speech: From Wikileaks to the Pentagon. Moderated by KQED’s Scott Shafer, panel participants were:

  • Daniel Ellsberg, the former U.S. military analyst who famously leaked secret Department of Defense documents that became known as the Pentagon Papers
  • Lowell Bergman, former Frontline and NY Times investigative reporter
  • Robert Cole, UCB Professor of Law, Emeritus

    Listen to the event below:

    The discussion will also be broadcast on KQED FM 88.5 on May 21 at 1:00 p.m.

    This panel discussion was preceded by two others:

    • Transparency and Accountability vs. Diplomacy and Deliberation
    • Privately Created Public Platforms: To Whom Should They Be Accountable?

    You can listen to those here.

    Listen to Daniel Ellsberg, Lowell Bergman on Natl Security and Free Speech: From Wikileaks to the Pentagon Papers 17 May,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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