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War, Journalism and Whistleblowers Speakers' Panel

  • University of London Birkbeck, University of London Malet StreetWC1A 7HX London United Kingdom (map)
Book cover featuring Katharine Gun, whistleblower.

Book cover featuring Katharine Gun, whistleblower.

The Nation Union of Journalists in the United Kingdom invites you to a speaker's panel on War, Journalism and Whistelblowers, hosted by Birkbeck, a public research university located in Bloomsbury, London. 

The featured speakers include: Katharine Gun (former GCHQ translator responsible for the 2003 leak); Thomas Drake (former senior executive of the US National Security Agency); Duncan Campbell (award winning journalist, author and TV producer); Matthew Hoh (former US Marine and State Department official serving in Afghanistan and Iraq); Jesselyn Radack (national security and human rights attorney representing Ed Snowden and other whistleblowers); Silkie Carlo (Director of Big Brother Watch and leading voice in the campaign against the UK's repressive surveillance and official secrecy laws).

Hearing Katharine Gun alone would make the panel worth attending. Gun blew the whistle on a U.S. effort to gather personal information on UN delegates in order to blackmail them into voting in favor of a UN resolution supporting an invasion of Iraq in 2003. There's a film in the works—Official Secrets—to portray Gun's act of conscience, which led to her dismissal as a translator of Chinese within the British intelligence community. 

For those who can't make the event, but would still like to learn about Gun's sacrifice, there's the nonfiction book "The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion."