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May 27, 2020
Barton Gellman and Carol Leonnig (livestream)
Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 6:00PM

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Edward Snowden touched off a global debate in 2013 when he leaked a vast archive of highly classified files revealing the extent of the American government’s access to our every communication. Journalist Barton Gellman was one of the three recipients of Snowden’s documents—and for him, the leak was only the beginning. Gellman joins us via livestream to share reporting that follows the leads Snowden gave him, tracking the reach and methodology of the U.S. surveillance state and bringing it to light with astonishing new clarity.

In conversation with reporter and author Carol Leonnig, Gellman lends us insight from his book Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden And The American Surveillance State. Gellman shares revelations about Snowden’s own history and found important ways in which myth and reality do not line up. With unblinking honesty, he sets the record straight with a gripping inside narrative of investigative reporting, and a deep dive into the machinery of the modern surveillance state. Join Gellman and Leonnig for a true-life spy tale based on groundbreaking reporting, and the surveillance dilemmas that still pervade our nation.

Barton Gellman is a Washington Post journalist and bestselling author known for his reports on the September 11 attacks, on Dick Cheney’s vice presidency, and on the global surveillance disclosure. He has contributed to three Pulitzer Prizes for The Washington Post, most recently the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

Carol Leonnig is a reporter and co-author of the book A Very Stable GeniusShe who has worked at The Washington Post since 2000. She was part of a Post team that was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for revealing the U.S. government’s secret, broad surveillance of Americans through the disclosures of Edward Snowden.

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