FORA.tv will present a free live stream of a lively Intelligence Squared U.S. debate that considers whether or not Edward Snowden was justified in his actions. Arguing in favor of the motion are Daniel Ellsberg and Ben Wizner, against are Andrew C. McCarthy and Ambassador R. James Woolsey.
WHAT: FORA.tv, the leading online destination for video programs from the world’s best conferences and events, will broadcast the Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) Oxford-style debate, “Snowden Was Justified.”
Has Edward Snowden done the U.S. a great service? There is no doubt that his release of highly classified stolen documents has sparked an important public debate, even forcing what could be a major presidential overhaul of the NSA’s surveillance programs. But have his actions-which include the downloading of an estimated 1.7 million files-tipped off our enemies and endangered national security? Is Snowden a whistleblower, or is he a criminal?
WHEN: Wednesday, February 12th at 6:45 pm EST
WHERE: The debate will be streamed live at intelligencesquaredus.fora.tv. The debate will be interactive with a live chat and Twitter feed following the conversation around the event. Online viewers will also be able to vote along with the live audience members, sharing their opinion before the debate starts and at the conclusion once all arguments are heard. Following the live event, FORA.tv will offer the debate as a free on-demand program, and the full video and highlights will be available to share and embed.
In support of the motion:
Fmr. U.S. Military Analyst & Pentagon Papers Whistleblower
Legal Adviser to Edward Snowden & Attorney, ACLU
Against the motion:
Andrew C. McCarthy
Fmr. Federal Prosecutor & Contributing Editor, National Review
Ambassador R. James Woolsey
Fmr. Director, CIA & Chairman, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
The Moderator: John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News. In a career that spans more than two decades for ABC News, Donvan previously served as the Chief White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem and Amman.
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ABOUT INTELLIGENCE SQUARED U.S. DEBATES (IQ2US)
Winner of the 2013 Silver Radio Award for Best Public Affairs Program and named one of the “Five Podcasts that Will Change the Way You Think” by Forbes, Intelligence Squared U.S. was founded in New York City in 2006 by Robert Rosenkranz, and has grown into an internationally syndicated series heard and watched by millions. The debates have attracted some of the world’s top thinkers, including Steven Forbes, Neal Barnard, Paul Krugman, Karl Rove, Malcolm Gladwell, and Arianna Huffington. With over 80 debates, Intelligence Squared U.S. has encouraged the public to “think twice” on a wide range of provocative topics. Author and ABC News correspondent John Donvan has moderated IQ2US since 2008. The executive producer is Dana Wolfe.