James Risen

Jim Risen, a best-selling author and former New York Times reporter, is The Intercept’s senior national security correspondent, based in Washington, D.C. He won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his stories about the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program, and he was a member of the reporting team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for coverage of the September 11 attacks and terrorism. Risen was a target of the U.S. government’s crackdown on journalists and whistleblowers and waged a seven-year legal battle, risking jail, after the Bush administration and later the Obama administration sought to force him to testify and reveal his confidential sources in a leak investigation. He also serves as director of First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund, which is dedicated to supporting news organizations, journalists, and whistleblowers in legal fights in which a substantial public interest, freedom of the press, or related human or civil right is at stake.

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COLLUSION, OR THE NEW MCCARTHYISM?

What is the evidence that the Russian Government colluded with the Trump campaign and pro-Brexit campaigners to win the 2016 Presidential Election and the UK Referendum in the same year? Is there a real and growing body of evidence of Russian disinformation, collusion and assassination, or are we witnessing a new Cold War mentality in which the country is blamed for all of our woes?

Glenn Greenwald, James Risen, Jane Bradley, Mary Dejevsky. Chair: Vanessa Gezari