“I’ve certainly given a lot of consideration, so has the Washington Post, to legal risks and exposure and staying on the right side of the line,” Gellman explained during a panel discussion at the Georgetown University Law Center. "And I don’t rule out that there is legal exposure either criminally in an unlikely case or rather more likely civil compulsion. Just because Edward Snowden has outted himself doesn’t mean every part of my iteration or my reporting around these documents has been disclosed or I’d be willing to disclose any more of it.”
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"This leads into broader questions about how these leaks affect U.S. foreign policy, which are the topic of a debate in the new issue of Foreign Affairs between Michael Cohen of the Century Foundation, and Martha Finnemore and I. On the one side of this debate, there are arguments that leaks like these don’t really have major long-term consequences. Cohen believes that the leaks illustrate that what the United States says more or less matches up to what it does in private, and that even if they did provide proof of U.S. hypocrisy, it wouldn’t really change other states’ behavior. Finnemore and I, in contrast, think that these kinds of leaks may make U.S. foreign policy substantially more difficult, because they both damage U.S. legitimacy, and make it harder for other states to pretend that they don’t know what the United States is in fact doing."
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It’s been a big week for The Century Foundation. Senior fellow Barton Gellman was named a winner of the George Polk Award, one of the highest honors in journalism. Meanwhile, fellow Harold Pollack received the Award for Creative and Effective Institutions from the MacArthur Foundation. Finally, #TCFBest said goodbye to Blog of the Century mainstay Ben Landy, who leaves The Century Foundation to join a great group of writers and editors at MSNBC.READ MORE
TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman is officially named a recipient of journalism's prestigious George Polk Award. Gellman shares the honor with Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, and Laura Poitras, for their reporting on the National Security Agency.
TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman appears in Politico on the role Edward Snowden's leaks have played in the new journalism landscape.
"Barton Gellman, a Washington Post reporter who has worked with Snowden, said during the Medill-RCFP sponsored panel discussion that he’s been following many of the same procedures he’s long used on the national security beat, checking with editors and also giving government sources an opportunity to explain why something touchy shouldn’t be published. ...
'In my view, and it was shared by the editor, was that if the harm you’re worried about consists of the public disliking what you’re doing and responding either politically or in terms of the marketplace to that, then that’s why we publish it,' Gellman said. 'That’s the nature of accountability.'”
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BuzzFeed reports that TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman is expected to share a George Polk award with Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Ewen MacAskill. The four will reportedly share the award for their work investigating Edward Snowden's leaked National Security Agency files. The Polk award is one of the most respected journalism prizes. Official announcements are expected later in February.
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