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Ben Wizner, Ambassador R. James Woolsey, and Daniel Ellsberg discuss the number of documents released by NSA leaker Edward Snowden and if he could have accomplished the same result with fewer leaks.
National University of Singapore law professor Simon Chesterman explores what the future may hold for Julian Assange and Pfc. Bradley Manning, the major actors in the WikiLeaks affair.
Glenn Greenwald, author of "No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State," argues that the United States government is making an example of Chelsea Manning and Snowden to scare future whistle blowers.
Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Hightail, and Daniel Debow, SVP at Salesforce, discuss the hot-button issue of digital privacy. Has the privacy pendulum begun to swing away from free information sharing?
William Hearst and Phil Bronstein discuss offensive measures taken by the Obama administration against whistleblowers and leakers, as well as journalists and their sources like Edward Snowden.
Should we be afraid of the NSA? Should we trust the government to do the right thing? Conversations on spying will undoubtedly be at the forefront of debate for years to come. In the meantime, watch the best of 2013 on spying, privacy, and surveillance and consider this quote by Benjamin Franklin: "They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
Edward J. Reilly, Global Chief Executive Officer of FTI Consulting, breaks down polling data on how Americans feel about privacy, surveillance, and big data collection.
WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange says his organization is not concerned with whether the sensitive information it leaks to the public poses a threat to U.S. national security. "States have national security concerns, we do not," says Assange. "We have concern for human beings."
Richard Falkenrath and David Cole compare the government access to personal data to the personal data collected by internet companies like Google.
Terrorism expert and leading advisor to Rand Brian Michael Jenkins argues that while we need a a public conversation about security and privacy, security must restrict some civil liberties for the greater good.
"Pentagon Papers" whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg weighs in on the case of U.S. Army P.F.C. Bradley Manning, who is currently accused of leaking over 260,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables to the website WikiLeaks.
"I recognized someone who was in the same spirit as I was forty years ago," says Ellsberg. "He's a hero of mine."
Why is WikiLeaks releasing documents from the Pentagon, when there is no shortage of corruption elsewhere in the world? Editor-in-chief Julian Assange regards it as an issue of trust, explaining that he considers it the website's responsibility to publish any classified information likely to have a significant impact -- regardless of diplomatic origins.
Did the U.S. diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks belong in the public domain? Former diplomat Sir Richard Dalton argues no, that secrecy plays an extremely important role in international diplomacy.
"Secrets exists for a reason," says Dalton. "Much of this information ... did not belong in the public domain."
Stewart Baker and Michael German disagree about the rules that regulate government use of data collected about citizens and whether they effectively protect privacy rights.
WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange explains why the organization has to provide text summaries of its raw data, as well as edit and annotate its raw video. Without the context, Assange says the site's more esoteric and technical content would simply "fall into the gutter."
The Pentagon publicly demanded WikiLeaks "return" the Afghan War Diary, a collection of U.S. military logs the website published online, and any other classified material it has slated for release. But how could the organization effectively return digital documents? Editor-in-chief Julian Assange jokes, "Should we just email 400,000 records back to the Pentagon?"